Chris Beagles

Award: Career Development Bursary

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Horn

Location: N/A


Chris began playing the horn at the age of 13. For three years, he attended the Junior Royal Northern College of Music where he won the Zochonis Scholarship and the Brass playing Prize. He then went on to win a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Michael Thompson and Richard Watkins. During his time there, he won the Nicholas Blake Prize and was very highly commended in the Dennis Brain Prize.

Upon graduating, Chris joined the Southbank Sinfonia and now plays with many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta and Aurora. He has made commercial recordings for McDonalds and Sony and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

Chris has performed many concertos with orchestras including the Sheffield Chamber, Tallis Chamber and the Birmingham Conservatoire String Orchestra.

Chris is a member of the Atéa Wind Quintet who are the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Quintet in Residence at the Purcell School, were double prize winners in the 2015 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition, are members of the Tunnell Trust, Kirckman Concert Society and Live Music Now schemes and gave their Wigmore debut in 2015.