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Christopher Andrew Gray

5.0
(2 reviews)
Glasgow City, G5
1 year in business
1 total staff
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About Christopher Andrew Gray

Chris Gray is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist and composer who plays piano, highland and border pipes and whistles. In July 2019 he graduated from the Masters’ in Traditional Music programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with piano as his main study where he was awarded a scholarship from the Keepers of the Quaich. Chris’ style of playing is influenced hugely by his time spent listening to and playing folk music from a young age. During his time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Chris received tuition from world-renowned Irish pianist Mary McCarthy exploring traditions from various parts of the world in addition to benefiting from Mary’s expertise of Classical music. In August 2018 Chris began a semester of studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm which introduced a whole new influence to his playing as he became immersed in the rich Swedish folk culture at the same time as receiving tuition from jazz/folk piano maestro Arne Forsen. In May 2019 Chris released an EP with Swedish fiddler and singer Kristina Leesik – the result being a fusion of their shared passion for both Celtic and Scandinavian folk music. Chris’ innovative approach to his arrangements has led to involvement in numerous collaborations and performances. Highlights including performing at festivals in Wickham (England), Ortigueira (Spain) and Lorient (France), a solo piano performance at Blair Castle (Scotland) for Keepers of the Quaich banquets, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and as part of the backing band both with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and Inveraray & District Pipe Band. Chris has performed and taught internationally in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia and Oman. He has held positions as a piano instructor at Riverside Music Complex and a piping instructor at the renowned Scots College in Sydney, Australia. Chris is also a piper with the Inveraray & District Pipe Band and with them has won the 2017 World Pipe Band Championships as well as the Scottish, British & European Championships. Chris has guested with bands such as Skipinnish and Barluath as well as having experience in the world of musical theatre performing keys for the ‘Wedding Singer’ production at Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow in March 2019. Recently Chris performed solo on highland pipes and whistle at the Basel International Tattoo 2019 (Switzerland) and also alongside the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. In January 2020, at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Chris released his self-titled debut album, featuring all original compositions and a multi-instrumental ensemble.

www.chrisgraymusic.com


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Customers told us this pro excelled at communication, work quality, and professionalism.

Bagpipe Lessons
Leesa G.'s review on Aug 27, 2020

My two boys had online lessons from Chris during lockdown when their usual piping teachers were unavailable. He was professional and gave very good feedback. The boys enjoyed the variation in material they were given weekly and it kept them motivated from week to week. Would recommend Chris.


Bagpipe Lessons
Thomas B.'s review on May 07, 2020

I am enjoying it very much and look forward to my next lesson Christopher is very talented


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Questions & answers

What should customers know about your pricing? (E.g. estimates, discounts, fees, package pricing)
I provide rates depending on your desired lesson duration - e.g 30, 45 mins or an hour or more if desired. I can also offer a discount for booking a block of lessons at once.
What process do you go through when starting with a new customer?
I always like to find out as much as possible about the customer's musical goals and what they like to get out of the lessons as well as discussing best options for scheduling lessons to suit both our schedules.
What education or training is most relevant to your work?
Musical instruction - instrumental lessons on piano, highland and border pipes, whistles, whistle. I'm also available for commissions and music transcription.
Do you have tips or advice for someone hiring a pro in your line of work?
Be open with discussing schedule and musical goals. I'm here to help and provide the best tailored lessons possible for your needs and aspirations.
What questions should customers have ready before speaking to pros about their project?
- Musical goals - Availability for lessons - Desired duration of lessons and frequency - Access to instrument/resources
What are some good examples of past customers?
I have worked as a piping instructor for the Scots College, Australia as well as a piano instructor for Riverside Music College in Glasgow. As well as in person, I also teach online and have done to customers internationally.
Describe a recent project that went well. Scope? How long did it take?
A recent project that I completed aside from teaching is my debut self-titled album. It features all original compositions - it was recorded last year and then released in January 2020 at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow.
How did you first get into this line of work?
I have been teaching for a long time since music has been my line of work for a long time. I have become more involved in tuition since completing my Master's degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Location

Glasgow City, G5

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Monday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm

Tuesday

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Wednesday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm

Thursday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm

Friday

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Saturday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm

Sunday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm


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