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CHRIS BRANNICK – full CV

Chris Brannick is a multi-instrumentalist who defies categorisation. At heart a percussionist, specialising in theatrical performance and chamber music, he’s also a composer, singer, actor and writer. He has both a maths degree from Imperial College, London, and an honorary music degree from the Royal Academy of Music.

In addition to his solo work, Chris is a founder member of the internationally renowned percussion iconoclasts ensemblebash. Other chamber groups include FourSight, a quartet of percussion, electric violin, clarinet/sax and keyboard exploring the cutting edge of contemporary music with humour and a theatrical awareness, and Classic Rhythm, a bravura trio with a sense of musical adventure, finding the arrangements of classic repertoire for flute, piano and percussion that the composers forgot to write.

As part of cabaret duo Casson and The Brannick Academy, Chris has appeared on stage in this country and with their backing band The Favoured Few in New York; their album Tutankhamun All Wrapped Up sold 65,000 copies as part of the promotion of the Tutankhamun exhibition at the O2 Centre.

Chris was principal percussion for Glyndebourne Touring Opera for 15 years, before leaving to concentrate on chamber music, and his musical interests include Ghanaian music, the frame drumming of North Africa and the Mediterranean, and the steel pan. His compositions and arrangements feature on CDs, websites, documentaries, Children’s BBC and music festivals.
Musical theatre remains central to his performing style, and Chris is also an actor, with credits running from ‘Mole’ in Wind In The Willows to ‘The Journalist’ in Making History and ‘Everyman Explorer’ in the 2011 national tour of Everything and Nothing.

Chris has written a book World Beats (published by A&C Black), which is a complete resource for primary school classroom teachers exploring drumming styles from various cultures around the world and is currently working on Writing for Percussion, a travel book for composers. He has recently retired from his role as Joint Chief Executive Officer for the Newham Music Trust, an educational charity, and he is an examiner for the ABRSM.
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CHRIS BRANNICK – 200 word CV

Chris Brannick is a multi-instrumentalist who defies categorisation. A percussionist, composer, singer, actor and writer, he holds a maths degree from Imperial College and a music degree from the Royal Academy of Music.

In addition to solo work, Chris is a founder member of internationally renowned percussion iconoclasts ensemblebash, FourSight, a quartet blurring the edge of contemporary music, and Classic Rhythm, a maverick trio of musical magpies.

As part of cabaret duo Casson and The Brannick Academy, Chris has appeared in this country and in New York; their album Tutankhamun All Wrapped Up sold 65,000 copies.

Chris was principal percussion for Glyndebourne Touring Opera for 15 years, before leaving to concentrate on chamber music. His compositions and arrangements feature on CDs, websites, documentaries, Children’s BBC and music festivals.

Musical theatre remains central to his performances, and Chris is also an actor, with credits running from ‘Mole’ in Wind In The Willows to ‘Everyman Explorer’ in Everything and Nothing.

His book World Beats (published by A&C Black) is a complete project resource for primary school teachers. He was until recently Joint CEO for the Newham Music Trust, an educational charity, and is an examiner for the ABRSM.

CHRIS BRANNICK – 100 word CV

Chris Brannick – who? Percussionist, composer, singer, actor and writer, with a maths degree and a music degree. A soloist, but also a member of chamber groups: internationally renowned percussion iconoclasts ensemblebash, FourSight, a quartet blurring the edge of contemporary music, and Classic Rhythm, a maverick trio of musical magpies.

He loves cabaret: his duo Casson and The Brannick Academy, has wowed audiences in New York. His compositions feature on CDs, websites, documentaries and Children’s BBC, his acting roles have covered moles, journalists and flying mathematicians and his book World Beats is published by A&C Black. He also examines for the ABRSM.