Christopher Latham has worked as festival director for over a decade, after having worked extensively as an editor for such composers as Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards and Elena Kats-Chernin.
He trained as a violinist and spent 7 years touring full time with the Australian Chamber Orchestra prior to that. He has recently been appointed as the first musician to be artist in residence at the Australia War Memorial (2017-2021) following on from his extensive work on music and war, directing the Flowers of War project for the Anzac Centenary Cultural Fund and Mission Centenaire in France and the Gallipoli Symphony (2005-2015) for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
In addition to concert tours in Australia, France and the UK marking the significant WW1 centenaries, The Flowers of War also created the first recordings for ABC Classics of Australian composer FS Kelly, killed in 1916 in the Somme, and a CD of the cultural creations by composers killed in that battle in 2016.
Christopher Latham was awarded the French order of Arts and Letters and an honorary Doctorate from the University of Canberra in recognition of this work.