Current Conductor

Kristin Bowtell is UWACS conductor for our Brahms Requiem concert

Kristin Bowtell

Kris is a baritone and conductor based in Perth, Western Australia. He studied at UWA, and with Simon Halsey at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

He has conducted Mozart’s Requiem, Elgar's The Music Makers, Poulenc's Gloria, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and other concerts for the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Kris was Co-Director of the Giovanni Consort in 2015 and has conducted that ensemble in performances of David Lang’s little match girl passion, Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles and Nico Muhly’s Bright Mass with Canons. Kris was an Australia Council ArtStart recipient and was part of the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program.

Kris sings with West Australian Opera and has performed as a soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements include baritone solos in Ted Hearne’s Katrina Ballads and Ned Kelly in the Ned Kelly workshops as part of the Perth Festival 2018, The Loudspeaker in The Emperor of Atlantis and Male Chorus in Medée (Lost and Found Opera), Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos and Lescaut in Manon (OperaBox), Water Goblin in Rusalka (Freeze Frame Opera) and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Guest performer, WAAPA).

Concert repertoire includes Handel Messiah, Haydn Nelson Mass and The Creation, Mozart Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana, Puccini Messa di Gloria and Rosetti Requiem (all with UWACS), Mozart Coronation Mass, Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai, Fauré Requiem, Duruflé Requiem, and Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Five Mystical Songs. Kris has performed song recitals for Art Song Perth among others.

Having performed many times as a baritone soloist with the UWA Choral Society, Kris is delighted that his UWACS conducting debut will be Brahms’ Requiem, one of his favourite works.