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Chris began playing the Classical Guitar aged 8. He studied at Leeds College of Music and privately with Professor Graham Wade, the official Segovia scholar and biographer of Rodrigo. He was influenced by a diverse range of musical styles and their fusion and began playing Electric Guitar aged 11.
Chris has studied at Leeds College of Music and attended masterclasses by John Mills and Carlos Bonell. He has played in and been a founding member of a variety of performing and recording bands including the Latin, Samba and Salsa 10-piece "Sol Tropical" who enjoyed success at gigs, festivals and in studio and whose members have gone on to form chart-topping bands such as "Chumbawumba".
The versatility and diversity of styles he plays is further exhibited by his membership of top acoustic Jazz group Blue Manhattan playing great 1930's jazz standards to Django to contemporary classics and also top Ceilidh band Dansette , fantastic for Weddings, Ceilidhs, Barn Dances, Anniversaries, Birthdays etc with a diverse repertoire ranging from jigs, reels, country rock to latin, reggae, and music from the hit "Riverdance", to sung ballads, jazz standards and waltzes.
He now runs his own guitar school in West Yorkshire and is a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors. He teaches at Schools and Colleges in West Yorkshire and in addition to concert performances, is a sought after session musician on electric guitar, bass, acoustic, classical and performer at Weddings, receptions and other events. In addition to his teaching activities he directs Classical and Electric Guitar Ensembles, for which he transcribes and composes music.
As a soloist and ensemble performer he has performed at numerous venues throughout the UK, Europe and South Africa where Chris sessioned with the SABC.
Performances are always different to reflect the individuality of each event. Specific requests from Brides or event guests are welcome and Chris always works hard to "tailor-make" programmes for every occasion.
Chris plays Gibson, Fender, Gordon Smith, Yamaha and Cordoba 6-string Guitars and Ibanez 7-string.
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