Saturday 19th October 2019: Chris Roberts (Classical Guitar).
Chris Roberts is an innovative and exciting young guitarist whose performances have been praised for their ‘beautifully varied timbres, […] real virtuosity,’ and for being ‘simply mesmerising’.
Chris graduated from Cardiff University in 2017 with first-class honours and the Neville John String Prize. During his degree, he won the University concerto prize, and became the first soloist to perform with the Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of renowned conductor Andrea Quinn, for almost 10 years. He gained first place in the South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians ‘Young Adult Recital class’ and was additionally awarded The Diana Lock Memorial Rose Bowl for best overall performance and The George and Mary Mabbs Trophy for best guitar performance. He is currently studying for a Masters in performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, supported by Help Musicians UK. Since arriving in Birmingham, he has been awarded the Postgraduate Pedagogy Prize as well as grants from the Bullock fund and the Loan Fund for Musical Instruments.
Chris is passionate about allowing as many people as possible to access music. For this reason, he founded, and is Artistic Director of, the annual Cardiff Guitar Festival. Now in its fourth year, the charity runs outstanding concerts and summer schools, and raises funds to take live music into the community and to award course bursaries and free concert tickets to families in financial need. The festival has featured many internationally renowned performers such as Craig Ogden, Derek Gripper, Laura Snowden, Graham Anthony Devine, Daniel Martinez and the Eden Stell Guitar Duo. Chris also works as a musician for the esteemed programmes Live Music Now and Music in Hospitals and Care, regularly performing in care homes, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities schools, and in interactive concerts for babies and toddlers.
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