Christopher Lydon © MGR PhotographyCHRISTOPHER LYDON
Creative producer

Christopher is creative producer of 1623, deputy head of support at the National Youth Orchestra, education associate at the Halle orchestra, and a freelance musician and database developer.

He has been part of 1623 since 2006, when he recorded the sound for a schools video of Shakespeare scenes before he composed, played and recorded music for scenes from Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest the following year.

Since then, he has composed music for 1623's Macbeth at Derby Silk Mill, Hamlet at Poole's Cavern, Midsummer Magic and Shakespeare's Summer of Love at the Glastonbury Festival, and Romeo and Juliet at the Joseph Wright Gallery.

In 2012, he produced 1623's Great Shakespearean Workout as part of Igniting Ambition - London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the Midlands - with support from Derbyshire County Council.

The following year, he produced 1623's ACE-funded Lear/dementia research-and-development project that explored King Lear in the context of dementia through participatory research. He has also created Sycorax, 1623's database, which he develops and maintains.

Christopher's producing skills were developed further on the Progress II course with Cultivate East Midlands, where he took part in a series of masterclasses on organisational development including project management, budgeting, governance, safeguarding and developing collaborations.

Most recently, Christopher produced the pilot production of Lear/Cordelia, 1623's double bill of Shakespeare and new writing based on the findings of the Lear/dementia R&D project. Click here for more details.

He and Ben Spiller are directors of 1623, which they run together as creative producer and artistic director.

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  • Graduated from The University of Manchester with a first-class degree in Music
  • Began working for 1623 as resident sound artist and composer in 2006
  • Became 1623 associate artist in 2009 and creative producer in 2011
  • Produced 1623's Great Shakespearean Workout (2012), Lear/dementia R&D project (2013) and Lear/Cordelia double bill (2015)
  • Teaches music-making to people in prisons as part of a long-running rehabilitation programme with the Halle orchestra

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