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Christella ‘Stella’ Litras is a multi-talented musician, producer, composer, musical director and arranger based in Leeds, who lives and breathes music.
An accomplished player of four instruments and experienced Youth Worker, Stella is also the Musical Director of Caution Collective, a diverse group of talented young singers and songwriters whom she has nurtured and helped to develop their singing techniques, performance skills and professionalism.
The collective of emerging talent and guest established artists, has been commissioned to perform at a range of events, showcases, gigs and celebrations. All members are treated as equal talents and share their skills, uplifting each other and audiences.
Stella’s direction has resulted in standout performances across musical genres – from soul, R&B, pop, jazz, gospel, soca, calypso, classical and more – which captivate audiences and bring stories to life; none more so than for Carnival Choir which brought together over 60 voices and musicians to celebrate Leeds Carnival 50 at Leeds Playhouse. Stella’s musical direction and original pieces also helped bring critical acclaim for Phoenix Dance Theatre’s 2018 Windrush – Movement of the People.
Caution Collective – Musical Director and mentor
Backing vocals – Martha Reeves & the Vandellas 2010-15; David Gest’s Soul Sensation Tour 2011 – Backing singer for the Motown legend UK tours.
Leeds Playhouse – Searching for the Heart of Leeds – Composer and Musical Director
Leeds West Indian Carnival – Musical Director for Carnival Choir a 50 strong choir of voices and musicians brought together to celebrate Leeds Carnival 50;
Phoenix Dance Theatre – Composer and Musical Director for award winning contemporary dance production Windrush Movement of the People
South Asian Arts and Alchemy UK – Sacred Sounds project collaboration and album recording.
Christella is open to collaborations and commissions as follows