Originally from Aberystwyth, Chrissie studied music for seven years in London; first with a Government scholarship to the Purcell School, to study with Detlef Hahn, and then the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she continued her studies with Detlef Hahn and Erika Klemperer. Whilst studying in London, Chrissie lead various ensembles, including the Purcell Chamber Orchestra for the London Haydn Festival and the Buckingham Palace Investiture Orchestra. After graduating in 2002 with a BMus (with distinction in performance) from the Guildhall, Chrissie won a scholarship to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating with an MMus in 2003 (with distinction in performance).
Chrissie has a number of awards, including: Cavatina Chamber Music Prize, Philippa Yardley Award from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music at RWCMD in 2004. In 2010-11, she was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Orchestral Leadership from the RWCMD, supported by the Sir Charles Mackerras scholarship.
Chrissie performs regularly onstage at St David’s Hall, where since 2010, the Mavron Quartet has been in the first Ensemble in Residence. She has also played before members of the royal family and ministers at venues including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Foreign Office, Lancaster House, London. Collaboration projects with the Mavron Quartet include recitals with pianist Llŷr Williams, harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, storyteller Liz Weir, clarinetist Michael Collins, Brazilian dancer/choreographer Jean Abreu and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy with composer Tom Green. Chrissie particularly enjoys working in and managing multimedia projects and collaborations, which is evident in the diverse work that the Mavron Quartet undertake.
As a regular 1st Violin extra player for the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Chrissie has played in many WNO productions across the UK including performances at the Royal Opera House. WNO performances outside of the UK have taken her as far afield as Dubai’s Opera House. Chrissie has also regularly played for the Cardiff Singer of the World Competitions for the BBC.
Freelancing as a violinist, Chrissie’s worked with and recorded for many major artists. They include Kanye West for his Late Registration and Graduation UK Tours, as well as for the 2006 Brit Awards at Earls Court and shows at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre which involved recordings at 3 Mills and Abbey Road Studios; Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Pink Martini. In 2015 Chrissie performed with the National Symphony Orchestra for the Queen Mary 2’s ‘QM2’ Classical Music Cruise to New York. In 2016 and 2017, Chrissie toured with Alfie Boe and Michael Ball for their two sell out tours, Together and Together Again, across the UK which included performances at Hampton Court Palace and the Royal Naval College, Greenwich and also shows at the London Palladium with special guest Rick Astley.
Chrissie enjoys the variety of freelancing. In 2016 Chrissie performed The Lark Ascending with the Lower Machen Chamber Orchestra. 2015 she performed Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Ensemble Cymru as well as guest leading for their Chamber Music Festival in the summer. Also in 2015, Chrissie took part in the pilot performance, which included solo violin, of ‘Partishow’ by Peter Reynolds as part of his Creative Wales grant from the Arts Council of Wales. 2014 included touring live performances of a new film score by Charlie Barber alongside the 1928 silent film ‘The Fall of The House of Usher’. In 2012, she performed Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Robin Stowell and the Welsh Sinfonia. In 2009 she collaborated and performed with the National Dance Company Wales Steve Reich’s Four Violin Phase at the Wales Millennium Centre.
Chrissie is a deputy chamber music and violin tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Conservatoire and is also a regular adjudicator for the Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year and local competitions. A strong supporter and collaborator in outreach projects, Chrissie has a keen interest in working with the young and elderly and exploring the positive impact of music on well-being.