Chris is one of the UK's most versatile and busiest young keyboard players on the professional circuit today. Whether he's playing the very latest electronic instrument, jazz or classical piano or indeed a mighty theatre or classical pipe organ, Chris approaches everything with a high level of skill and musicianship. Whether it be a concert, social dance, theatre show or wedding party, Chris provides an imaginative and exciting programme which is guaranteed to entertain and enthral.
Classically trained on organ and piano but equally at home when playing jazz and pop music, Chris holds various prestigious musical qualifications from the London College of Music including Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. Studying at music college opened many doors to the music industry and Chris's dedicated and easy-going manner has enamoured him to audiences and music professionals alike.
Notable events in the last couple of years have ranged from playing the organ at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, giving the world premiere of a jazz organ piece at the Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, playing piano for several high profile corporate functions and various tours of the Far East, both as a solo performer and session musician. Chris has also performed on national TV and BBC Radio 2.
Variety is one of the most exciting elements of a musician's life and this has certainly proved to be the case for Chris. "There's no such thing as a typical week," he says, "Which is why every engagement is special and unique for me. I might be touring for a few days and then straight into accompanying and teaching afterwards."
Somehow, Chris combines his successful performing career with that of a music examiner for the London College of Music and a committed and passionate teacher. Chris' examining work takes him all over the world and he has most recently returned from Malaysia, having given presentations and workshops to teachers and students on how to succeed in the latest LCM Piano and Keyboard exams. "I love teaching and helping my students achieve" says Chris, "Seeing a student's progression, no matter what their age or ability, is very rewarding". Indeed, Chris' talent for explaining and presenting hasn't gone unnoticed, as he also works in the musical instrument industry as a piano and keyboard product specialist and demonstrator.
Chris is at home on any type of organ or keyboard, keeping a rather extensive collection of new and vintage instruments in his home studio. His current choice of concert instrument is the new Yamaha ELS-02X Stagea organ, which enables him to create a refreshing and enjoyable concert programme packed with variety, including big band music, songs from the shows, tributes to the 60s and 70s and classical masterpieces.
Chris will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2020|
|January 8th||East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club|
|January 16th||Burntwood Music For All|
|February 2nd||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|February 4th||South Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|February 5th||North Herts Organ Society|
|February 26th||Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club|
|March 1st||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|March 2nd||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel
|March 3rd||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Informal Morning Concert
|March 17th||Bideford Keyboard and Organ Club|
|March 18th||Plymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)|
|May 15th||Ascot Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)|
AGM 7.30 start
|June 10th||Lincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society|
|September 7th||Nottingham Organ Society|
|September 17th||Harrogate Keyboard Club (more details)|
|November 1st||Stilton In Tune - Keyboard Showtime|
|November 3rd||Bexley Music Club|
|December 5th||Ascot Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)|
Ticket only contact club
|December 18th||St Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)|
Horringer Community Centre, The Street, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5RU Mike Roberts 01359 250704.
|Concerts in 2021|
|June 2nd||Grimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club|
|July 16th||Harrogate Keyboard Club|