Crispin Lewis has conducted his own ensembles many times live on BBC Radio 3 and at London venues including Wigmore Hall; the Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio; Christ Church Spitalfields; the South Bank Centre, Purcell Room; St John’s Smith Square; Kings Place Hall One; St James’s Piccadilly; and St Martin-in-the-fields.
Crispin is the conductor of The Musicall Compass (a specialist baroque ensemble of voices and instruments), Carillon (St Alban’s-based chamber choir), Thurrock Choral Society, Luton Choral Society, and chorus master of Welwyn Garden City Chorus. He is also regularly engaged as a guest conductor by symphony orchestras, baroque orchestras and choirs.
In recent years, with his ensemble The Musicall Compass, Crispin has produced and conducted many performances in collaboration with contemporary dance choreographers, actors, and with musicians of other genres and disciplines.
After studying violin to postgraduate level at the Royal College of Music, he studied orchestral conducting for three years with Denise Ham in London, and for four summers studied at Canford conductor’s course under George Hurst, Rodolpho Saglimbeni and Robert Houlihan.
Orchestral repertoire includes:
J.S.Bach: Overtures (Suites ), Brandenburg Concerti, Various concerti; Barber: Adagio for Strings; Bartok: Dance Suite; Beethoven: Symphonies 1,2,3,4,5,7, Violin Concerto, Overtures - Egmont, Coriolan; Borodin: Polovtsian Dances; Brahms: Symphones 1,3,4, Violin Concerto, St Anthony Variations,Tragic Overture, Academic Festival Overture, Hungarian Dances 1,5,6; Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1; Debussy: Nocturnes, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune; Dvorak: Symphonies 8,9, Serenade for Strings, Slavonic Dances Op.46; Elgar: Enigma Variations, Serenade for Strings, Chanson de Nuit, Chanson de Matin, Salut d'amour; Da Falla: Three Dances from The Three Cornered Hat, The Three Corned Hat Suite No.1; Franck: Symphonic Variations; Handel: Concerti Grossi, various concerti, Music for the Royal Fireworks, Water Music; Haydn: Symphonies 99, Seven last words (orch version), Cello concerto in C; Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 "Scottish", 4 "Italian", Overture and Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Violin Concerto, Hebrides Overture Mahler Kindertotenlieder Mozart Symphonies - 35 "Haffner",36 "Linz" ,38 "Prague", 39, 40, 41 "Jupiter", excerpts of Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Overtures - Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Der Zauberflöte, La Clemenza di Tito; Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Suite no. 2, Peter and the Wolf; Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No.2, Mother Goose Suite; Rossini: Ovetures - Italian Girl in Algiers, Semiramide, The Thieving Magpie Saint-Saens Symphony No.3 'Organ'; Schubert: Symphony No. 3, 6, 8 Rosamunde Overture, Ballet Music and Entr'acte Schumann Symphonies 2, 4, Piano Concerto; Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Finlandia; Richard Strauss: Don Juan; Stravinsky: Pulcinella, Petroushka (1947 version); Tchaikovsky: Symphony 4, 5, 6, 1812 Overture, Capriccio Italien, Swan Lake Suite; Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, Siegfried Idyll; Walton: Crown Imperial Weber Overture to Der Freischütz.
Choral repertoire includes:
Bach: Magnificat, B minor Mass, Lutheran masses, St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, numerous cantatas, Christmas Oratorio. Beethoven: Mass in C. Bernstein, Chichester Psalms. Brahms: Ein Deutches Requiem, Liebeslieder Waltzes, Zigeunerlieder. Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Saint Nicolas, Bruckner: E minor Mass, F Minor Mass, Motets. Dvorak: Te Deum, Mass in D. Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius. Faure: Requiem. Handel: Judas Maccabeus, Alexander's Feast, Messiah, Coronation Anthems, Chandos Anthems. Haydn: The Creation, Nelson Mass, Te Deum, Missa Sanctis Brevis, Theresienmesse, Paukenmesse, Seven Last Words. Hummel: Mass in Bb. Mendelssohn: Elijah. Mozart: Requiem, Solemn Vespers, Mass in C minor, Kyrie in D minor, short Masses. Parry: I was Glad, Blest pair of Sirens. Schubert: Mass in G, Stabat Mater. Vaughan Williams, Dona Nobis Pacem, Five Mystical Songs. Victoria, Various Masses, Reuiem Mass 1605. Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat.