05 November 2006
Christopher was born in Halton in 1982. He was given his first guitar at the age of four. At ten, he began to study with american guitarist John Dunn of the Mons conservatoire in Belgium. later he studied with Andrew Barrett as an external student of Wells Cathedral school.
In 1998 he won a DfEE scholarship to study there full time. Christopher reached the semi-finals of the BBC Young Musicians 2000 competition. In this year he became a student of Carlos Bonell at the Royal College of Music. In 2004 he graduated and he continues to live in London. Christopher performs regularly as a soloist. He has also played in various ensembles including the group 'tonic fold' and with flautist Laura Smith.
He has played in diverse venues such as the 'Spitz' in London, various arts centres around the UK including the Tacchi-Morris arts centre in Taunton and the Ritz acoustic club and a recent recital in Stuttgart, Germany. He has also performed as a soloist with orchestra in Alba, Italy performing a new work by composer Gabriele Roberto.
Christopher has performed as a soloist with orchestras in London and elsewhere in the UK. He recently performed Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the Dulwich Symphony Orchestra. He performs a wide variety of music and his programmes usually include a balance of older music transcribed for guitar, such as Bach and Scarlatti, and works by 20th century and contemporary composers, such as Britten, Walton, Brouwer, Piazzolla, Barrios, Turina, and Rodrigo.
Sunday 5th November’s concert will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita BWV 996, Joaquin Rodrigo’s Tres Piezas Espanolas, and some of Barrios’ works, including his famous tremolo piece Una Limosna por el amor de Dios.