In August 2018 we said goodbye to our conductor of 25 years Bob Bridges, and welcomed our new conductor Dimitri Chrysostomou.
Born and raised in London with Cypriot roots, Dimitri Chrysostomou studied music from a very young age, making the decision to pursue it as a career in his late teens.
Dimitri read music at the University of Birmingham where he specialised in Eastern European orchestral music, orchestration and solo performance. During his time at Birmingham, Dimitri studied Classical Saxophone with Anna Brooks at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and graduated with the highest performance marks in his cohort. While at university, Dimitri was privileged to be given the opportunity to conduct the University of Birmingham Wind Band where he worked with Keith Allen and Philip Sparke to prepare and conduct the UK Premiere of Philip Sparke’s Wind Sketches with the University of Birmingham Wind Band in 2015.
After leaving University Dimitri has continued to develop his conducting, studying with Mark Heron and Denise Ham. Dimitri currently studies with Howard Williams and John Farrer and also receives mentorship from Manvinder Rattan.
Dimitri has a wide variety of performance experience, ranging from string quartets, to wind bands, symphony orchestras and choirs, with highlights including performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and seven European tours.
In addition to his work with SLSW, Dimitri is also the Assistant Musical Director with the John Lewis Partnership Music Society, with whom he made his Cadogan Hall debut in 2017.