This is Chris’s first role with Dunfermline G&S but he has been singing since he was about three feet high. Singing was always important in his family life and, while he was working as a set builder with Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group and ‘The Grads’, a dramatic society within Edinburgh University, he was persuaded that he should actually appear on stage rather than propping up the scenery behind!
His first appearances were in Dickens’ Hard Times and Shaw’s Pygmalion and he also took part in a number of SCDA one-act-play festivals. Then Chris found G&S! Understudying Marco in The Gondoliers was his first such foray and his first appearance in The Yeoman of the Guard was in 1995. He says he’s never let a month go by without singing something with someone. A member of Edinburgh Grand Opera for seven years, he appeared in operas at the Edinburgh Festival and, by contrast, The Little Shop of Horrors at the Churchill Theatre where, playing Seymour, he met his wife who played Audrey. His last G&S role was Nanki-Poo in The Mikado with Kirkcaldy G&S in 2007.
Chris now sings with Edinburgh Police Choir, enjoying their modern twist on choir repertoire, and is very busy with public appearances in everything from big charity fundraising concerts to small quiet weddings. When not singing, Chris runs his own busy gardening business in Edinburgh.
[from the 2016 programme]
Appearances with Dunfermline Gilbert & Sullivan Society
|The Yeomen of the Guard