A performer and composer from an early age, Chris has worked in wide-ranging musical situations, in many roles. He has played synthesisers and keyboards for Damon Albarn / Gorillaz at (amongst others) the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, & the Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris; he has given recitals of Classical, Romantic and Contemporary piano music across the UK; and he has played acccordion in various situations (often through effects and processors - in art galleries, cathedrals, libraries, festivals, alternative therapy centres...and pubs...). Chris has performed live film soundtracks in Berlin arthouse cinemas; played in multi-piano performances (including Holst's 'The Planets', Brahms 'German Requiem'); he has accompanied choirs and vocal groups around the UK and in Europe; has accompanied dancers (in contemporary performance, in ballet schools, and through composition); and has played in jazz-rock-fusion bands and experimental ensembles. He has sung bass (in his own vocal sextet Voice7, plus with renowned Irish choir Anuna) in music by Palestrina, Tallis, Arvo Part, Morton Lauridesen... In 2015 Chris formed a partnership ('Seeing 2 Sound') with actor Edward Pinner, devising and presenting 'sonic cinema of the imagination' through adventurous realisation of text and music in performance. He continues to devise for, and perform with, 'Aphelion' & 'Excelsa Voces', the ambient/Medieval/contemporary projects with partner and singer Paula Evans, and their performances have been described as 'beautiful', 'sublime', 'entrancing' and 'magical'.
As a teacher, Chris has enthusiastically communicated his knowledge of music to hundreds of students over his 20 years as a lecturer in music, in Further Education and Higher Education environments. As well as being an effective and respected classroom teacher he has directed over 40 student productions, including rock tribute gigs (Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles etc) and 'rock-orchestra' performances of work such as 'Tubular Bells' (Mike Oldfield) and 'Variations' (Lloyd Webber). His students have gone on to study in prestigious institutions such as Leeds College of Music (jazz courses), Birmingham Conservatoire, & Berklee College of Music in USA; and lots of his students from over the past 20 years are now working as professional musicians, teachers etc.
Equally, Chris loves to work with students of the piano and has taught at all levels, across the age spectrum - from young beginners to adult beginners, and from teenage prodigies to senior return-to-learners!
Launched in March 2016, Vocal High is a vocal ensemble of c.40 singers, directed by Chris and by vocal coach Paula Evans. There is a Pershore group (Tuesday evenings) and a Worcester group (Wednesday evenings), and both groups come together for performances. These include - annual summer (July) and winter (December) concerts; performances at The Three Counties Show, Malvern; RIVERSFEST at Croome Court; Worcester Medieval Street Fayre, Pershore Carnival, Sing In the Spring Festival (The Fleece, Bretforton), Sixways Rugby Stadium.... In addition to the weekly choirs, Chris & Paula also run occasional 1-day workshops that bring singers together to work on aspects of technique and explore new repertoire. The Vocal High philosophy is that 'singing is for everyone' but unlike most 'allcomers choirs' there is a real focus on development of technique in addition to boosting confidence and having fun... Read all about it at www.vocalhigh.com
Training / Education
• BA (Hons) 1st Class - Music (with Recording Techniques) [Kingston University, 1992]
• MA (Composition)
[De Montfort University 1998 - with Dave Smith & Gavin Bryars]
• Cert. Education - post-compulsory education (16+)
• ABRSM Grade 8, Piano 
20 years as Lecturer & Assessor in Music - A- Level, BTEC L2, L3, L4, Degree level. Music theory, music analysis, performance, aural training, composition & devising, jazz improvisation, music history, societal context and freethinking for musicians.
Private keyboard & composition tuition.
Directing student ensembles, rock bands, choirs etc.
• Winner of Kingston University Prize for Music Composition, 3 years in a row (1990-92)
• Music for piano, for voices, for various instrumental ensembles
• 'Art music'; song; rock and jazz-inspired music; music for film; music for theatre; music for dance
• Soundscapes and environmental ambiences
• Solo recitals - Classical and Contemporary piano repertoire
• Rock bands, jazz-fusion, experimental & electronic projects
• vocal ensembles - contemporary and polyphonic repertoire
• Pit-bands for 'musical theatre' - Covent Garden, Manchester Palace Theatre, Theatre Du Chatelet (Paris) etc
• Accompaniment - choirs, vocal & instrumental soloists, dance