Biography – Chris Beagles

Chris began playing the horn at the age of 13. For three years, he attended the Junior Royal Northern College of Music where he won the Zochonis Scholarship and the Brass playing Prize. He then went on to win a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Michael Thompson and Richard Watkins. During his time there, he won the Nicholas Blake Prize and was very highly commended in the Dennis Brain Prize. As part of his training, he also was a member of the Britten Pears Orchestra and the Britten Pears Contemporary Orchestra and participated in the Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra.

Upon graduating, Chris joined the Southbank Sinfonia, a year long training orchestra which gives opportunities to talented graduates interested in pursuing orchestral careers. He has gone on to play professionally with many orchestras and ensembles, highlights include freelance work with the Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Irish Chamber, Bournemouth Symphony and Aurora Orchestras.

As a strong advocate of new music, he has been privileged to have worked with the London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the London Contemporary Orchestra and taken part in many world and UK premieres.

In the commercial realm, he has made recordings for McDonalds and Sony and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He has also worked with artists including George Michael, Tony Hadley, Dionne Warwick, Belle and Sebastian, Terence Blanchard and Donovan.

As a soloist, he has performed many concertos with orchestras including the Sheffield Chamber, Tallis Chamber and the Birmingham Conservatoire String Orchestra. He has given several recitals up and down the country, including a tour as a soloist with the Royal Academy of Music Harp Ensemble. He also played the solo part in Bach’s B Minor Mass with the West London Bach Players as well as the infamous Siegfried “short call” from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with the Orchestra of Opera North.

Chris is a member of the Atéa Wind Quintet who are the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Quintet in Residence at the Purcell School, were double prize winners in the 2015 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition, are members of the Tunnell Trust, Kirckman Concert Society and Live Music Now schemes and gave their Wigmore debut in 2015. Coming up they have tours to Scotland and Japan, coaching and a recital at the Dartington International Summer School 2017 and the launch of their debut CD with Caviello Classics.

He is very grateful for the support of Help Musicians UK in the continuing development of his career.