Chrissie began her musical life on Tenor Horn at the age of 7 in Swansea, discovering French Horn aged 16.
Self taught for 2 years, Chrissie was an active member of various National Youth Arts Wales ensembles, and was particularly influenced by the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
Chrissie studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Ian Fisher and Tim Thorpe. Whilst at the RWCMD she frequently played principal horn with the orchestras and other ensembles, and in numerous masterclasses.
Chrissie’s Postgraduate Studies were funded by RWCMD. On this course she was also awarded the Ivor Coles Memorial Prize, the Leonard and Marian Jones Distinguished Scholarship, was a finalist for the Russell Sheppard Memorial Prize, and was awarded placements with both the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Welsh National Opera. Graduating with a distinction, she missed the ceremony to accept a place at the LSO St Luke’s Academy: Brass 2008.
In 2009 Chrissie moved to London to continue her freelancing career, performing with a variety of ensembles including orchestras, opera companies, comedy acts and on commercial recordings. She became a member of the Sideris Wind quintet in 2011.
•Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction, 2006-08
•Degree Bmus (Hons) 2:2, 2002-06
Both from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
•Tim Thorpe, Ian Fisher, Angus West, Tony Halstead (Natural Horn)
Experience with Teaching and working with Young People
•Gatehouse School: Brass Tutor, since September 2012.
•Sutton Music Service approved instrumental teacher since September 2014, includes horn teaching, group theory lessons, and whole class brass tuition.
•Hackney Music Service, peripatetic brass tutor September 2014-July 2016.
•Wandsworth Schools‘ Music Service, brass tutor September 2014-2016.
•University College School: Spring term cover for horn teaching in 2010/11/13/14/15.
•Mitchell Brook Primary School: Learning Support Assistant, via Smart Teachers (see below), April 2012- July 2013. Regularly attended inset training days.
•Supply Teaching Assistant: Smart Teachers, since November 2009.
Primary age schools. Includes Orchard House School, St. Nicholas Preparatory, Devonshire House Preparatory, and Newton Prep. School. Roles included working with SEN children, as an administrator and Head teacher’s Secretary, library assistant, and invigilator.
•Ingenium Academy 2013: Pastoral and music staff.
•Hackney Youth Orchestra: A regular deputy for brass teaching between 2009-2012.
•Harmony Sinfonia Outreach: I led a group of year 5 children over a course of 3 weeks to write film music, June 2010.
•RWCMD Junior Music department Auxiliary staff: Assisting with both the Senior Brass ensemble and the Theory 1 class.
•British Horn Society/RWCMD: Tutor for “Horn Ensemble Day“, 12th October 2008. I coached a quartet in preparation for a performance at the end of the event.
•Onyx Brass quintet: deputy for outreach demonstrating brass instruments in Gwent, April 2008.
•Outreach projects with the RWCMD Brass Department and Pan Wales Outreach Project: School visits to demonstrate brass instruments. Led by Chris Stock of BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
I have undertaken level three safeguarding training in January 2015.
Orchestral & Professional Experience
•Bartholdy Chamber Orchestra
•Codigo Dance Company (Portugal)
•Cardiff Sinfonietta (Principal)
•Dartington Festival Orchestra (Includes Principal, 2008-present)
•Elemental Opera (Solo Horn)
•London Arts Orchestra
•Orion Symphony Orchestra
•Southern Pro Musica
•BBC National Orchestra of Wales Placement
•Cheltenham Festival Academy
•LPO Side by side, June 2013
•LSO St Luke’s Academy: Brass 2008 & Wind 2015 extra
•National Youth Orchestra of Wales (2001-05) & BBC NOW collaboration
•Welsh National Opera Placement & WNO Max
•Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra
Chamber and Commercial
•Goldheart Assembly album recording
•Only Men Aloud –TV Series Orchestra (Principal)
•London Myriad Ensemble (wind quintet) deputy
•Onyx Brass Quintet (Educational Project at RWCMD)
•Sideris Wind Quintet (2011-present)
•Leonard and Marian Jones Distinguished Music Scholarship 2008
•Ivor Coles Memorial Prize 2008
•Wingate Foundation bursary to attend DISS 2008
•Russell Sheppard Memorial Award Finalist