FilmLike a familiar story, Chris embarked upon the road to his career in the industry as a musician playing in bands. During which time a chance encounter, as a teenager, with a friend’s cassette 4-track got him hooked on the idea of becoming a recording engineer. Stints making tea and tidying up at The Motor Museum led to him deciding to take his passion more seriously and so he enrolled in the music production course at Huddersfield University.
During his time as an undergraduate he was afforded the opportunity to spend a year living and working as a runner/assistant at the prestigious Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire. During his time there Chris worked on a great many band sessions, particularly notable ones were working with Prog Rock keyboard royalty Don Airey on A Light in the Sky, an impressive but aborted collaboration between The Street’s Mike Skinner and Soft Machine’s Robert Wyatt, and working on (Canadian Indie legends) The Mark Inside’s Nothing to Admit with Jim Abbiss. This time spent learning how to live and work closely with new and varied personality types was an invaluable learning experience. Chris then returned to University and graduated in 2009.
Soon after graduating Chris undertook the decision to move to London to pursue his career and finally joined the team at Angel Studios in August 2011. Whilst an assistant at Angel Chris had the opportunity to further hone, and develop an entirely new skillset of working to picture with large orchestral ensembles. This led to Chris working on a diverse range of projects from flagship TV dramas such as ITV’s Downton Abbey (John Lunn), BBC’s Poldark (Anne Dudley), The Night Manager (Victor Reyes) and Tin Star (Adrian Corker), motion pictures such as Far From The Madding Crowd (Craig Armstrong), Spotlight (Howard Shore), Everest (Dario Marianelli), Rudhramadevi (Ilaiyaraaja), countless orchestral overdubs for artists such as Seal, Birdy, Katie Melua, Leona Lewis, Emeli Sandé, Goldfrapp, Steven Wilson, Gary Barlow, Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra, Rick Wakeman, Rebecca Dale and 2 Big band swing albums for breakthrough British artist of the year for 2016… Bradley Walsh. A particular highlight of his time at Angel involved a live to vinyl recording session with our very own Chief Creative Advisor; Nile Rodgers.
This diverse range of experiences has led to Chris being equally as comfortable working closely with a tight knit group of musicians over an extended period of time or helming fast-paced scoring sessions with large orchestral ensembles. Variety is after-all, the spice of life.
“Abbey Road has always, to me, represented the pinnacle of the music recording business. Due to its rich heritage and continued drive to be at the cutting edge of recording and mixing technologies. I have always had a desire to join the fine team of engineers there and continue to work with the world’s finest musicians in some of the world’s finest recording rooms. It really is a dream come true”