Chris is one of the UK's most versatile and busiest young keyboard musicians 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 2018|
|January 21st||Roffey Dance Club|
|January 23rd||Thanet Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club|
|January 28th||Regis Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)|
|February 18th||Roffey Dance Club|
|February 20th||Ashford Organ Club (Middlesex)|
|February 25th||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|February 27th||Orpington Keyboard Club|
|March 4th||Thorngate Halls Dancing|
|March 5th||Nottingham Organ Society|
|March 8th||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Informal Afternoon Concert
|March 12th||Medway Organ and Keyboard Club|
|March 18th||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|April 11th||World of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society)|
|April 22nd||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|April 25th||Llay Organ Society|
|May 1st||Eastbourne Piano and Keyboard Club|
|May 9th||Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)|
|May 9th||Clacton and District Organ Club|
|May 15th||Bedworth Organ Society|
|June 9th||St Albans Organ Theatre|
|June 9th||St Albans Organ Theatre|
|June 10th||East Sussex National Wurlitzer (more details)|
|June 11th||Felixstowe Organ Club|
|June 26th||Gloucestershire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|June 28th||Stockport Organ & Keyboard Club|
|July 16th||The Organised Music Society, Hull|
|July 27th||St Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)|
Horringer Community Centre, Horringer, Nr Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5RU. Contact Mike Roberts 01359 250704 or 07773 244616. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
|September 3rd||Cheadle and District Organ Society|
|September 28th||Crawley Keyboard Club|
|October 3rd||Ollerton and District Organ Society|
|December 6th||Scunthorpe Organ Society|
|December 16th||Stilton In Tune|
|Concerts in 2019|
|January 6th||Singing Hills Wurlitzer (more details)|
With Mark Laflin
|March 19th||Bournemouth Electronic Organ Society|