In demand for his inclusive, informative and encouraging style, Charlie Gower-Smith is a conductor of choirs and orchestras. He is musical director of Jervaulx Singers, the Chapter House Youth Choir and Thirsk Sinfonia Orchestra. He often works with Voices of the River's Edge and the Chorus of the Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music (formerly Sage Gateshead).
Charlie has worked with many organisations to facilitate singing in the workplace. He has run regular workplace choirs for companies including John Lewis, Addleshaw Goddard, Macmillan Cancer Support, Leeds City Council, and TransPennine Express, a Hallé Corporate Choir.
Work with festivals has included choral projects for the Grassington Festival, assistant Choral director for the Pennine Spring Music Festival in Heptonstall, and delivery of the Musical Mums project for Harrogate International Festivals.
Previous roles include director of South Bank Singers, assistant director of the Hallé Youth Choir and Hallé Ancoats Community Choir, and director of Leeds Chamber Choir, who gave regular broadcasts of the Daily Service on BBC Radio 4. He regularly sings with the choirs of Ripon Cathedral and York Minster.
Charlie is a board member of Made with Music, a not-for-profit organisation delivering early years, primary school and family music workshops in and around Leeds