About

Chris has already worked with many top bands and professionals, having performed with Jack Jones, Guy Barker and Tim Garland, among others, and has many international festivals – including Montreux, Vienne and North Sea – to his name. As a composer and arranger his portfolio is hugely diverse, ranging from his own jazz quintet to international projects with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Academy Award Winner A R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours). He has arranged for the Metropole Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater (2017 NEA Jazz Master) and the National Youth Orchestra, and his library music has been featured on ITV.

He  held the Baritone chair with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) from 2011-13, contributing a number of charts, including the title track of the highly acclaimed album, The Change. He has played live on BBC 1 and Radio 3, performed with NYJO at the BBC Proms (broadcast on BBC4) and been named as ‘One To Watch’ in Jazzwise magazine. In 2014, Chris was selected as one of only seven arrangers from around the world to participate in the Metropole Orchestra Arrangers’ Workshop, working with renowned composer and conductor Vince Mendoza, and Grammy award winning vocalist Gregory Porter. 

Playing saxophone, flute and clarinet, Chris started his studies at Southampton University where he first began to specialise in jazz. He went on to achieve a distinction in his Masters in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, before being offered a PhD scholarship in composition. As an educator he is currently lecturing in Studio Composition, Orchestration and Jazz History at Royal Holloway. He also works and performs as a facilitator for Echo Fox Events, leading samba and drumming workshops across the UK and Europe, including performances at Parklife Festival, and a successful Guinness World Record attempt in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Ellington’s Sunset and the Mockingbird “rightly brought Whiter’s warmly expressive baritone sax artistry to the fore”Richard Whitehouse, classicalsource.com

“…flautist/saxist Chris Whiter’s The Change (a thoroughly contemporary layering of instrumental textures and rhythm patterns) sounded as if it could be in the repertoire for years.” –  John Fordham, The Guardian

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