Firth of Fifth
Piano introduction to Firth of Fifth by Genesis
Keyboard ability: Expert
Producer ability: Intermediate
Composer ability: Expert
Influences: Genesis, Yes, Elton John, Acoustic Alchemy, Chopin, Puccini, Ennio Morricone, Queen, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder,
Chris demonstrated an ability to play the piano by ear from an early age and began learning the piano from the age of 7.
Having studied the piano traditionally through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examination system to Grade 8, Chris progressed to studying A-Level Music and then a Bachelor of Education degree (Hons) specialising in Music Education.
Although classically trained and a competent sight reader and accompanist, Chris has always considered that his ability to improvise and play music by ear, to be his real passion and particular area of expertise. This has enabled him to stand in at short notice and deputise for keyboard players in a number of bands, covering genres such as rock, jazz, swing, R&B, classical and on one notable occasion heavy metal.
Many of the performances which Chris undertakes on piano enable him to uniquely combine both trained and natural skills making him an extremely versatile and adaptable performer. This can be particularly helpful when accompanying theatrical shows or choirs when changing key is required, or meeting the demands of ‘on-the-spot requests’.
Chris has been performing and accompanying on the piano for professional engagements for over 30 years, and has worked as a piano accompanist for a variety of schools and dance academies since 1981. He is also a founding member of the dance band Night Moves, which plays regularly for weddings, corporate dinners, and parties in the south east of England.
Chris is a highly creative, classically trained British composer who is able to write music in a wide range of styles within the contemporary classical genre. He has written a diverse collection of music for a variety of purposes such as corporate events, weddings, film sound tracks, classical concerts, musical albums on CD etc. He has been commissioned to write bespoke compositions particularly for special birthdays, christenings, engagements and In Memoriam.
Chris has undertaken various projects composing music for school productions. He has also written music for two ballets, which have been performed by a number of dancing schools. In recent years Chris has been invited to collaborate with lyricists to compose the music for their songs. One collaboration has resulted in a collection of songs and instrumental pieces which are being developed for musical theatre.
He has a wealth of experience composing, orchestrating, score writing and recording, in the studio and for live performances.
From the late 70's Christopher has worked regularly in bands, duo's and solo playing for weddings, parties, corporate functions, dinner dances, theatres, hotels, restaurants, festivals and many other special occasions. He has also backed cabaret, deputised in a number of high profile function bands and has even played piano on Cunard's Queen Mary 2.
Christopher has played the piano at many venues through out the UK and abroad including; Cliveden, Oakley Court in Bray, Royal Berkshire Hotel - Sunningdale, Easthampstead Park, Danesfield House and Spa - Marlow, Queen Annes Manor and Cantley House - Wokingham, Aurora Hotel - Windsor, Savill Court - Englefield Green, Eton College, Adelphi Hotel - Liverpool, The Grand Hotels - Torquay and Scarborough, Hilton - Blackpool, Oatlands Park Hotel - Weybridge, Phyllis Court Club - Henley on Thames and at Westminster Cathedral Hall to name but a few.
Further a field, Chris has played at the Renaissance Hotel - Prague, Rendevous Hotels - Singapore and Scarborough Beach (Perth, Western Australia), Strathmore; Matawan - New Jersey.
Chris also has a long track record for working with schools, dance academies, stage schools and theatre groups for providing live music for dance shows, music concerts, musical theatre and even the occasional pantomime!