When Nick stepped down after the October 2007 concert, the orchestra was most fortunate to find the young and highly talented oboist Christopher Braime to take over as Musical Director. Christopher was born in Beverley, Yorkshire in 1983. He was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music where he studied oboe with John Anderson, Christopher Cowie and David Theodore; and conducting with Neil Thomson and Richard Dickins. Christopher was the Musical Director of the Imperial College String Ensemble from 2003 - 2007 and now works as assistant conductor for the Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra, the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra, and the Sussex Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 he took up the role of Musical Director of the Pelly Orchestra, and in 2010 Musical Director of the Grosvenor Light Operatic Company. In 2011 Christopher beat significant competition to become Musical Director of the London Gay Symphony Orchestra, and in March 2012 was invited to guest conduct the Redhill Sinfonia. Chris proved to be enormously popular with audiences and players alike.