Chrissie is from Aberystwyth and studied music in London for seven years; 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 led 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, distinction in performance, from the Guildhall, Chrissie won a scholarship to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating with a MMus in 2003, with distinction, in performance. In 2018, Chrissie became an Honorary Associate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the first award of its kind, in recognition of her achievements and contribution in music. Chrissie’s awards include the Cavatina Chamber Music Prize and Philippa Yardley Award from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2004 she was appointed to a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music at RWCMD. In 2010 she was awarded the Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellowship in Orchestral Leadership from the RWCMD.
Chrissie is a regular 1st Violin extra player for the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and 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 and Hong Kong. Chrissie regularly plays for the Cardiff Singer of the World Competitions for the BBC and, since 2018, is also a 1st Violin extra player for Scottish Ballet.
As a freelance violinist, Chrissie’s worked and recorded with many major artists. In 2016 and 2017, she 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, as well as shows at the London Palladium. In 2015, she performed with the National Symphony Orchestra for the Queen Mary 2’s ‘QM2’ Classical Music Cruise to New York. Other artists include Kanye West for his ‘Late Registration’ and ‘Graduation’ UK Tours, as well as for the 2006 Brit Awards at Earls Court; also shows at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, which involved recordings at 3 Mills and Abbey Road Studios; Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Pink Martini.
Chrissie enjoys the variety of freelancing and is in demand as a chamber musician and guest leader.
At the end of 2017 she was invited to lead a sell-out tour of performances of the film ‘Love Actually’, with live orchestra, around the major concert halls in the UK and Ireland. In 2016 Chrissie performed ‘The Lark Ascending’ with the Lower Machen Chamber Orchestra. In 2015, she took part in the pilot
performance, which included solo violin, of ‘Partishow’ by Peter Reynolds as part of his Creative Wales grant award from the Arts Council of Wales. In 2012, she performed Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Robin Stowell and the Welsh Sinfonia. In 2009 she collaborated with choreographer Jo Fong 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 wellbeing.