Biography

Chris’s interest in the trumpet started at age 8 after a brass quintet visited his Cambridgeshire school. He immediately started lessons with Anthony Aarons, later becoming a member of the Royal College of Music Junior Department in London where he was awarded the Constance Farrington Brass Prize. Chris moved on to the Royal Northern College of Music for his undergraduate studies. During his final year he was the only trumpeter to be chosen to take part in the inaugural Hallé Orchestra professional experience scheme and was also placed First in the Bruntwood Jazz Improvisation Prize. ​​Looking to broaden his abilities Chris moved to London, successfully completing a Masters degree in Jazz Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Chris now enjoys an assorted career as a performer, highlights having included multiple recordings at Abbey Road Studios, sell-out shows at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and performing in London’s West End. Since 2017 Chris has been the trumpet soloist with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. He can also be seen soloing with the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and performing on occasion with the Pasadena Roof OrchestraGlenn Miller Orchestra, Back to Basie and London City Big Band

 

Chris has held chairs on shows such as The Glenn Miller Story (London Coliseum) and Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Theatres) and also worked on 42nd Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), South Pacific (Barbican Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour), Summer Holiday (UK Tour), Annie (UK Tour) and Me & My Girl (Sheffield Theatres).

 

Chris was in the orchestra for the 2010 Papal Vigil in Hyde Park and performed ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ on baroque trumpet before the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. He is also the trumpeter of Sounds Positive; a contemporary chamber ensemble commissioning new music from British composers.