Gondwana National Choral School, Sydney, Australia
St. Monica’s College, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir
Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
Belle a Cappella, Waimea College, Nelson, NZ
Chris performs regularly in Cairns on piano accordion and piano with Tango Amor and as part of Paradise Concerts International Chamber Music Series.
BAROQUE VOICES— Early Music in Wellington, New Zealand
Chris was privileged to join Baroque Voices, a nationally-selected professional ensemble, for the 400th anniversary performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. The work was performed with period instruments in two sold-out concerts in St. Mary of the Angels, Wellington, New Zealand.
Baroque Voices performs both early and contemporary works, and in 2011 Chris performed in the “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” concert featuring contemporary works.
Listen to ‘Umbra Animae’ by NZ composer Mark Smythe
COMRADE Z— Nelson’s loudest klezmer band
Though it has never been proven, Chris is rumoured to have played accordion in this East European band featuring “three wery good musician . . . and Pavel.”
Often irreverent, and rarely relevant, this band has performed throughout Australasia, including the Nelson Arts Festival, Otago Arts Festival and Cairns Festival (QLD, Australia) with their “Comrade Z Radio Hour” to appreciative audiences.
Listen to ‘Gas Gas’ performed by Comrade Z
Comrade Z has been described as
“Disappointing” (the Evening Sun)
“Worth staying away from” (The Dominion Mail)
“a good reason to put Communism to rest” (The Republican Times).
Comrade Z is said to be in hiding, concocting their next show which will involve live poultry and copious amounts of borscht.
Listen to more of the band on their webpage: comradez.co.nz
While in Nelson, NZ, Chris performed as a solo classical vocalist in a number of works including Mozart’s Requiem, Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and many more.
Chris sings “In Taberna” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
TRENT DE L’AMOUR AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE— Nelson’s Premier Funk/ Lounge Band
Chris co-founded and played trombone, Hammond organ, keys and sang the odd tune for this 7-piece funk band. The group performed regularly around the Nelson/ Golden Bay region and developed a loyal following.
Listen to “Blarney’s Stones” performed by Trent de L’Amour and the Subcommittee
MUSICA FICTA— Early Music in Nelson, New Zealand
Chris co-founded Nelson’s early music vocal ensemble. The group was designed to be cooperative with any member taking the initiative to programme a concert.
Musica Ficta presented two concert series under Chris’ leadership: a purely sacred series at Nelson Cathedral centred around William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, and a secular concert series, from which a live CD was produced:
Songs inspired by creatures great and small
Musica Ficta, Nelson’s vocal ensemble specialising in Early Music, performs light works with an animal connection.
Pieces include: The Silver Swan (Gibbons), Les Chants des Oyseaux (Janequin), Sweet Honey-Sucking Bees (Wilbye), Chi Chilichi (Cock-a-doodle do) (Lassus)
“Of All the Birds That I Do Know” performed by Musica Ficta
NELSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Saturday 21 March 2009
Nelson School of Music
Diedre Irons, Piano
Kenneth Young, Conductor
Beethoven – Egmont Overture
Mozart – Piano Concerto No 21 in C
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No 5