Christopher Stokes was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers of Manchester Cathedral in 1996, having previously been appointed Organist of the Cathedral in 1992. Prior to that he worked in London, having held posts in two of London’s leading churches, as Organist and Master of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square and Director of Music at St Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey. As a conductor in London, he directed the professional choirs at St Martin’s and St Margaret’s. He also founded The Baroque Soloists of St Martin-in-the-Fields. In 1995 he founded Manchester Baroque, a group specialising in the performance of music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has also conducted Manchester Camerata and the Northern Chamber Orchestra on many occasions. As an organist he has performed extensively both in Britain and abroad in recitals and as a concerto soloist, and has appeared as a continuo player with most leading British orchestras. In London he was professor of organ from 1978 to 1994 at Trinity College of Music, where he also studied from 1972 to 1976. He was invited to become Head of Organ Studies at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester in 1994. Christopher Stokes has served as a Council Member of the Royal College of Organists and was the Artistic Director of the College’s Performer of the Year 2000 competition.