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Chris Snead - Trumpet

Chris Snead

Chris started learning the trumpet aged 8 with Anthony Aarons, later joining the Royal College of Music Junior Department in London where he was awarded the Constance Farrington Brass Prize. Chris studied at the Royal Northern College of Music during which time was placed 1st in the Bruntwood Jazz Improvisation Prize, and later completed a Masters degree in Jazz Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Chris now enjoys an assorted career as a performer, highlights having included recording the music of Pink Floyd at Abbey Road Studios, playing sell-out shows at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and recording for indie rock band Cherry Ghost. He has performed with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, and John Altman All Star Big Band, and was in the orchestra for the 2010 Papal Vigil in Hyde Park. He performed Let the Bright Seraphim on baroque trumpet before the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and has played on professional theatre productions such as 42nd Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Glenn Miller Story (London Coliseum) and South Pacific (Lincoln Center, Barbican Theatre). Chris is also the trumpeter of Sounds Positive; a contemporary chamber ensemble commissioning new music from British composers.

Chris is thrilled to be a member of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.