Chris Stanbury (born 1980) lives in Banstead, Surrey. He started playing the electronic organ at the age six at the Croydon Yamaha Music School.
In 1989 he was selected to play an instrument, solo, at the Yamaha Junior National Showcase in Solihull. Chris remembers being thrilled at the opportunity to fulfil his ambition, that of being able to play to an audience, something which he had wanted to do since seeing artistes such as Glyn Madden, Martin Harris and Max Takano perform.
At the age of ten Chris was encouraged to branch out and explore the hidden mysteries of the theatre organ. After only a few hours tuition under the expert guidance of Len Rawle, he entered the ATOS ‘Young Organist of The Year’ competition, for which he was awarded the Christie Cup. Despite his enthusiasm for electronic instruments, Chris has a fond love for the Cinema organ and relishes the opportunities he gets to perform on them. His appetite whetted for keyboard instruments, Chris also took up studying both the Piano and Classical Organ, playing regularly for weddings and Sunday services at his local church.
In 1992, at the age of 12, Chris won the National Yamaha Electone Festival (Junior Section) and appeared as a guest performer in the UK finals of the Open Section at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
Chris found that his concert work had, regrettably, to be put on hold during his final years at school and then for a further two years during which he obtained his A Levels as well as his ALCM and LLCM music diplomas.
In January of 2001 Chris returned to stage work, beginning the first year of an already busy concert diary playing the Yamaha EL900 Electone. His concert programme consists of all styles of music and caters for all tastes - from classical through to jazz and to pop. Recordings of Chris’ performances have featured on BBC Southern Counties Radio alongside the world-renowned organist Hector Olivera.
As well as giving concerts, Chris has now completed his Bachelor of Music degree from the London College of Music obtaining Honours. He will now be going ahead with his Master's Degree. Aside from studying at the college, Chris also teaches keyboards and piano there part-time and successfully passed his Fellowship diploma (FLCM) in June 2001.
Chris has just added another name to the Stanbury Clan with his marriage to Natalie Pritchard, now Mrs Stanbury.
Chris will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2016|
|January 24th||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|January 25th||Brentwood Organ and Keyboard Club|
|January 29th||Sheppey Organ Club|
|February 7th||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|February 8th||Banstead Organ and Keyboard Club|
|February 18th||Weyhill Electronic Organ Society|
|February 23rd||Gloucestershire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|February 28th||Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts|
|March 1st||Eastbourne Organ and Keyboard Club|
|March 16th||Kings Lynn Organ Club|
|March 22nd||South Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|March 29th||Orpington Keyboard Club|
|April 20th||Fife Electronic Organ Society|
|April 21st||Harrogate Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club|
|April 26th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|April 27th||Regis Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 11th||Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)|
|May 12th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|May 15th||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|May 17th||Bournemouth Electronic Organ Society|
|June 8th||Worthing Assembly Rooms (more details)|
Tea Dance 2:00pm
|June 22nd||Llay Organ Society|
|June 27th||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Joint concert with Michael Wooldridge
|June 28th||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Informal afternoon spot
|June 29th||Worthing Assembly Rooms (more details)|
Tea Dance 2pm
|July 7th||North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club|
|July 10th||Bagworth Social Club (more details)|
Sequence Dance Club 8pm
|July 13th||Worthing Assembly Rooms (more details)|
Tea Dance 2pm
|July 16th||East Sussex National Wurlitzer|
|July 17th||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|July 18th||Redditch Organ & Keyboard Society|
|July 20th||Worthing Assembly Rooms (more details)|
Tea Dance 2pm
|July 23rd||78 Dance Club (more details)|
Titchfield Community Centre
|August 1st||Nuneaton and District Organ Society|
|August 7th||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|August 24th||Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club|
|August 26th||Crawley Keyboard Club|
|August 28th||Bagworth Social Club (more details)|
Sequence Dance Club 8pm
|September 1st||Weston Organ and Keyboard Club|
|September 1st||Bournemouth Pavillion Ballroom (more details)|
|September 5th||Cheadle and District Organ Society|
|September 11th||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|September 13th||Withernsea Organ Society|
|September 17th||Chelmsford Organ and Keyboard Club|
|September 19th||Nene Valley Organ Club - Northampton|
|September 25th||Roffey Sports and Social Club (more details)|
|September 27th||Hastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society|
|October 11th||Lowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club|
|October 12th||Hailsham Organ Club|
|October 19th||St Austell Organ & Keyboard Club|
|November 2nd||Grimsby and District Electronic Organ Society|
|November 27th||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|Concerts in 2017|
|September 10th||Swineshead Charity Concerts (more details)|
|November 21st||Woodhall Spa and District Organ Society|