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Christopher Bond

Christopher has been described as ‘one of his generation’s most exciting compositional voices for brass’, having written for an array of soloists in addition to many of the UK’s leading brass bands. In 2015, he was appointed Composer in Residence to the world-famous Cory Band, with further commissions including Brighouse & Rastrick, Leyland, and Grimethorpe Bands, and performances by Fine Arts Brass, Black Dyke Band & the Welsh Sinfonia.

A first-class graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Christopher’s work has been performed extensively throughout the United Kingdom, including at Wales Millennium Centre, Durham International Festival of Brass, RNCM Festival of Brass, Regent Hall London, St John’s Smith Square, as well as at the BBC Welsh Proms at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. At ‘Brass in Concert’ at The Sage, Gateshead, in 2015, Christopher won the Composition Prize for his Aristotle’s Air. His work has been broadcast both locally and nationally on BBC Radio 2 and Classic FM.

More recently, Christopher’s music has had a number of international performances including in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, the USA, and across Europe. In 2017, Aristotle’s Air was part of the own-choice programme for both Brassband Willebroek and the National Band of New Zealand at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, with both bands taking the 1st and 2nd placings consecutively.

In 2012, Christopher’s award-winning Euphonium Quartet Equinox graced the main stage of the Bruknerhaus Concert Hall, Linz, Austria as part of a gala concert to conclude the 2012 International Tuba Euphonium Conference. In the same year, The Royal Diamond Jubilee Fanfare was commissioned and performed in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh as part of the Diamond Jubilee Tour.

More recently, Christopher wrote the soundtrack for Magic in the Skies; the summer season of firework displays at iconic British location, Land’s End in Cornwall, for which Christopher worked with actress Miriam Margolyes to record the voice-over before conducting the orchestra in the recording of the music.

As well as his work as a composer, Christopher works heavily in education, co-directing his company,Create! Music Education, which runs Tongwynlais Music Academy, and delivers music workshops across South Wales. Christopher has previously taught at both the Junior Department at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and Forte School of Music. He now works as a teacher and accompanist at St John’s on-the-hill preparatory school in Chepstow.

As a conductor, Christopher was Resident Conductor of Tongwynlais Temperance Band between 2014-2017, having worked with the band on four successive top-3 placings at the Welsh Open, four consecutive qualifications to the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall, his successful debut CD Opening Note, and numerous concerts across England & Wales. Christopher is the current conductor of Cardiff’s Young Persons Training Orchestra, and musical director of Billboard Juniors Theatre Group, as well as playing regularly for local amateur productions.

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Miriam Margoyles

"This extraordinary young man, from whom music pours with delightful generosity, achieves magical results. I would love to work with him again, he knows how to get it right."

Miriam joined Christopher Bond to record the spoken element of his work, Magic in the Skies. For the project, Christopher worked with the tourist attraction Land’s End in Cornwall, writing a twenty-minute orchestral soundtrack to accompany their summer firework displays.

Christopher explains: “Rather than create twenty minutes of random music, I’m creating something unique and special to Land’s End. By taking the old legend of the Lost Land of Lyonesse – a lost land supposedly near Land’s End under the ocean – and presenting it as a grandmother (Miriam Margolyes) telling it to her two grandchildren, the story will weave in and out of the music to create not only a musical journey, but one which will be cohesive, educational and memorable, as well as complementing the fireworks at this truly magnificent location. Working with Miriam in the recording studio here at the college was such a terrific experience, and her wealth of experience shone through in her work as she carefully recorded the text."

Born in Oxford, England in 1941 & educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, Miriam Margolyes  is a veteran of stage and screen, an award-winning actress who achieved success on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence, she also received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in Little Dorrit and a Sony Radio Award for Best Actress in 1993 for her unabridged recording of ‘Oliver Twist’. She was the voice of the Matchmaker in Mulan & Fly, the mother dog, in Babe.

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