Chris is a freelance musician and clarinettist based in the South East of England. He has built a varied career to include performing, teaching and conducting.
As an orchestral musician he has played with the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Swan and has worked with notable conductors including Vladimir Ashkenhazy, Gianandrea Noseda and Lorin Maazel. As a soloist Chris has been a selected artist for the Concert Promoters' Group and for the Park Lane Group's New Year Series at the Purcell Room at London's Southbank Centre. He has performed concertos by Mozart, Weber, Krommer and Lutoslawski and has a busy schedule of recitals across the UK with recent performances including Chichester Cathedral, St-Martin-in-the-Fields and Derby Chamber Music.
Chris was a student on the joint course between the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University where he studied with John Bradbury and Nicholas Cox. During this time he was a recipient of the Winfield/Grayam prize for solo woodwind and the Granada Prize for chamber music. He subsequently undertook a Master’s degree as a scholar at the Royal College of Music with Timothy Lines, Barnaby Robson and Janet Hilton.
Chris is a committed teacher with a special interest in ensembles based on his own positive experiences growing up in Cornwall and being involved in both borough and county ensembles. Chris was also principal Bass Clarinettist with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain from 2001-2002. He has been working with KYCB and KYBB since 2007 and took over their direction in 2009. Chris also works for Haringey Music Service as an instrumental teacher and ensemble coach.