Christian Halstead – Leader

Christian Halstead started learning the violin with his mother when he was 5.

He continued his studies with professor Dona Lee Croft at the Royal College of Music, where he also won several prizes and memorably led the Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade in the presence of the Prince of Wales, and performed The Lark Ascending for Lady Ursula Vaughan-Williams.

Since graduating in 1999 Christian has been a very busy freelance violinist, and has performed regularly with London Mozart Players, St. Paul’s Sinfonia, City Chamber Orchestra, Dorset Opera, and the Festival Chamber Orchestra (based in Canterbury). He also leads Kent Sinfonia and Surrey Opera, and guest-leads Westminster Philharmonic and Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra.

Passionate about chamber music, Christian  founded the Abraxas Ensemble in 2001 and also plays for the Stretto Quartet and the Haysden String Quartet.

Christian has been delighted to lead the Whitehall Orchestra for the last 2 years!