New Album – Encapsulation

New year – New release!

I am very excited to be launching Encapsulation – a new and original project featuring the wonderful Riley Stone-Lonergan and Vince Webb.

This live album encapsulates the raw essence of musical freedom. With little discussion and no structures to define the outcome, the trio combined their freely improvised material with live electronics to produce a serene and expansive atmospheric sound world. For full details of the album and how to download follow the link below.

  On Sale now for a limited time at just £5!

A. R. Rahman’s Film Score for Indian Blockbuster 2.0

It was great to have been involved in orchestrating the film score for A.R. Rahman‘s 2.0. The recording session last month sounded incredible, and the worldwide film release is coming in January 2018!

Fascinating Rhythm with Dee Dee Bridgewater & the Metropole Orchestra

It was great to be involved again with the Metropole Orchestra arranging Fascinating Rhythm for Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Bremen Music Festival, a fantastic concert and amazing performance all round!

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The Flying Lotus – A. R. Rahman’s World Premiere

I was fortunate enough to be involved as an orchestrator for A. R. Rahman’s world premiere of ‘The Flying Lotus’, commisioned by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. An incredible piece and great to hear it being performed live. The album has since been released to critical acclaim and is available through iTunes and Spotify.

Watch a short extract of the premiere performance here. –

The Borderline Suite Album Showcase


 We are going on (our own version of a) tour!

The Chris Whiter Quintet will be showcasing their debut album across the UK in the coming months, and with plenty of time to rest up between gigs, our unique approach to touring will keep each show as fresh and original as the music itself 🙂

Can’t make one of our gigs? Well The Borderline Suite is now available on iTunes and Spotify! Check out the link below to download your copy of the album.

The Borderline Suite – Out Now!

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The debut album of The Chris Whiter Quintet – The Borderline Suite – is now available to order! The album consist of seven original compositions, and will feature The Borderline Suite – a five part suite composed for jazz ensemble and electronics.

If you’ve been waiting for another opportunity to see us live, we will be at the Bull’s Head in Barnes on Sunday 26th June, and will be performing an acoustic version of the Borderline Suite for the first time.

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A thank you for all the Crowdfunder Support!

Success! A huge thanks to all those who supported the campaign. If I knew how to put your names up in sparkling lights I would, but until I learn how to do that here is a list of all those who have helped make this project possible.

Next step – producing the album 💿 More details soon!

 -Crowdfunder Pledgers –

 Emily Lim – Madeleine Velupillai – Sorana Santos – Nadim Teimoori – Shzr Ee Tan – Laura Beardsmore   Simon Tate-Lovery – Carol Neiland – Dave Bennett – Oscar Cox Jensen – Viv Robinson – Steve Tait – Jenny Lewis – Elise Plans – Jeanette Clay – Graeme Hadden – Tom Wilson – Anna Perrott – Nick Thorne  – Holly Madge – Lewis Holt – Matt Lyne – Dan Lyne – Rich Arrowsmith – Jane Eldred – David Logan – Nigel Tully   Kerri Bullimore – Ted Rockley – Vince Webb – Rich McLellan – Kayleigh Johnson – Tom Killey  – Dan Shakir   Tom Moore  – Joy Harrild – Matt Hadden – Ella Plumb – Jo Robinson – Alison & Simon – David & Carol   Mum, Dad & Katie

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The Chris Whiter Quintet’s Debut Album – Now available to Pre-Order!

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It’s finally here! We are hugely excited to be launching our Crowdfunder for the Debut Album of the Chris Whiter Quintet – The Borderline Suite! Pre-Order your copy of the album now, and visit our page for more details, including an Exclusive preview of tracks from the album.



The Chris Whiter Quintet record their debut album at Eastcote Studios


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On 28/09/2015 The Chris Whiter Quintet spent the day at the Eastcote Studios making their debut recording! Working with the extremely talented engineer, Goerge Murphy (Ellie Goulding, Pixie Lott, Mumford & sons) the group were in fine form, recording seven original compositions, including the Borderline Suite, a five-part work written for jazz ensemble and electronics.
Full details of its upcoming release and previews of the album shall be released shortly, but you will have the chance to hear the Suite performed live for the first time ever in it’s entirety at the Bull’s Head in Barnes on Sunday 18th October, so that will not be one to miss!


Dreams to feature on NYJO’s 50th Anniversary double album

This week NYJO is at the iconic Air Studios recording its celebratory 50th anniversary double-album. This will feature a great combination of charts old and new, and includes my arrangement of the ballad titled Dreams.  The session includes special guest trombonist Mark Nightingale and composer/saxophonist Julian Seigel, and will be released in autumn 2015.


Metropole Arrangers Workshop 2014

I have just returned from an absolute fantastic week with the Metropole Orchestra! I was selected as one of seven arrangers from around the world to work with the Orchestra, guest vocalist Gregory Porter, and conductor Vince Mendoza, The week consisted of intensive masterclasses, workshops and recordings, and concluded with a sell-out concert featuring the Orchestra and Gregory at the TrivoliVrendenburg, Utrecht.

NYJO Commission premieres at Ronnie Scott’s

After being commissioned by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, funded by the Leche Trust, I had the pleasure of directing the premiere of my new work Loops at Ronnie Scott’s last week.

The piece was performed on both nights of their annual residency (21st/22nd Jan) and was met with high acclaim from the general audience, the NYJO committee, and even the Chair of Jazz Services Ltd.

Chris is selected for the Arrangers Workshop with Vince Mendoza, Gregory Porter and the Metropole Orchestra!

I’m delighted to announce that  I have been invited to attend the Arrangers Workshop in May with the Metropole Orchestra! As one of only eight candidates, I will have the unique opportunity to work closely together with the world’s leading Jazz and Pop Orchestra under the supervision of it’s honorary conductor, the renowned composer, arranger and conductor Vince Mendoza, and I will also have the opportunity to write and arrangement for the Grammy nominated guest vocalist, Gregory Porter.

The Chris Whiter Quintet launch night

After much work behind the scenes, I’m delighted to get my Quintet project up running!

Featuring Sam Miles on tenor/soprano saxophones, Chris Eldred on keys, Sandy Suchodolski on bass,  Joe Evans on kit and myself on flute and tenor saxophone, our first gig takes place at The Russet on Wednesday 18th September, 8pm-10:45pm.

More details and directions to the venue can be found on the Facebook event page. Hope to see you there!

NYJO at Ronnie Scott’s 01/02 Jan 2013

I made my  final appearances as a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra after nearly two years with the band, with a two night stint at Ronnie Scott’s. Both nights were a complete sell out, with the set including an eclectic mix as well two brand new commisions from trumpeter/composer Laura Jurd.


The set also featured three of my works – My original compositon The Change, a flugel feature ballad arrangement called Dreams (Chuganov), and a transcription/arrangement of a great Bob Brookmeyer track, Celebration Jig (taken from the Celebration Suite, originally written for Gerry Mulligan).





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Chris makes the Jazzwise “Who to look out for in 2013” list!

The UK’s biggest selling jazz magazine, Jazzwise, has recently released it’s December edition. I’m  privileged to be listed in their annual “Who to look out for..” column for the coming year, with John Fordham, journalist for The Guardian saying –

“Flautist and saxophonist Chris Whiter’s impressionistic, multi-layered composition ‘The Change – title track of NYJO’s new album and a feature of its summer Prom – suggested that he is a hot prospect if jazz composing is where he focuses his many talents.”

Take Five!

In a monthly column, The Guardian’s John Fordham lists his pick of ‘musical milestones’ from the month just gone. Second on his list is a short article on Jazz at the Proms, with a real focus on the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and a special mention (and audio link) for the Change! Great to see the Prom performance receiving such great and well deserved press.


For the full article click here!


The Change – the new CD from NYJO


The Change – the new CD from NYJO

(12th August 2012)

My composition The Change, features as the title track of the brand new NYJO album, with guest artists Tim Garland (saxophones/composer) and Mark Mondesir (drums).

The album includes many of the tracks performed in the massively successful BBC Proms concert, and is the first to be recorded under new MD Mark Armstrong.





CDs available here.

The Change will be released officially on 24 September and will be available through Amazon, HMV and all good CD stockists.



NYJO at the late night BBC Proms!

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NYJO at the late night BBC Proms!

(10th August 2012)


Broadcast live on Radio3, I had the pleasure of performing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the BBC Prom!

A highly successful evening, with great reviews from a number of sources, including 4 star ratings from the Evening Standard and the Guardian, with John Fordham saying that, ‘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’.  A short clip of the evening can be seen below, with the full show (aired on BBC4) currently available on iPlayer until Friday 24th.

Soloists featured in this clip of the opening number ‘Rockin In Rhythm’ are –

Clarinet – Myself

Bone – Callum Au

High notes – Louis Dowdeswell