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gained a music degree from Sheffield University & then attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she had lessons from William Bennett. She then continued her flute studies with Jonathan Snowden and now has a very varied and successful freelance career.

As a soloist, she gave her Purcell Room debut to much critical acclaim and she now gives recitals with the versatile pianist and composer Timothy Murray. The focus is on the lesser-known aspects of the flute repertoire and the release of their CD “The Feminine Flute" featuring the works of twentieth century women composers has been extremely well received. She also works with Sally Goodworth and the focus of this partnership is on the more popular parts of the flute repertoire.

As an orchestral player Chris is much in demand. She is sub-principal flute with the highly acclaimed London Chamber Orchestra and holds the same position with the Orchestra of St Johns. She has played with most of the London orchestras and spent four years working in Cardiff with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has a wide range of experience in opera and ballet, working extensively with touring companies such as Birmingham Royal Ballet, which take their productions the length and breadth of the country. She is also very happy working in West End theatre where her flexible sound helps her to blend in easily. Clocking up a total so far of over a dozen shows, including Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, her experience is highly prized too.

 

Chris is also a very experienced teacher. She currently holds positions at the London College of Music and Brunel University and she is the specialist flute advisor to the Central Band of the RAF. She also runs her own private teaching practice at home. Local pupils from grade 6 to diploma level benefit from her expertise and students from across the country come to advance their skills. Chris is also experienced teacher of adults, especially those who wish to return to the flute after a long break, and her teaching is supplemented by the regular Adult Flute Days that are run in conjunction with Just Flutes in Croydon. She also in charge of Ealing Flutes, an adult flute ensemble which meets once a month. This is a mixed ability group which gives an annual stress-free concert and has a lot of fun!

 

 

Chris is currently a diploma examiner for ABRSM and a highly respected adjudicator at Music Festivals around the country. She is also the consultant Catalogue Editor for Just Flutes, where her assessments of flute publications are read worldwide.

CHRISTINE HANKIN