Christopher Spencer M.A PgDip LRSM - Clarinettist


Christopher Spencer grew up in Kent and started studying the clarinet at the Kent Centre for young instrumentalist from the age of 12. Chris’ early inspiration was his father, who was the Principal Clarinetist with the Band of the Grenadier Guards.

He was the principal clarinetist of both the Kent Youth Wind Orchestra and the Kent County Youth Orchestra and has studied with many prominent teachers such as Mary Matthews, Carol Shaw, David Campbell and currently Margaret Archibald.

Christopher was recruited by the Band of the Grenadier Guards and joined the Army in November 1998 to take up a post with the Band of which he is now the principal clarinetist.

With the Grenadiers he has performed regularly as a soloist having recently recorded Phillip Sparke’s Clarinet concerto, broadcasted on Television and Radio and has toured much of the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe.

Much of his spare time is spent playing with various ensembles both chamber and orchestral, such as the Inner City Four Clarinet Quartet, The Midas Wind Quintet, 
The Maidstone Symphony Orchestra , The Kent Sinfonia and The British Concert Orchestra.  

Christopher takes a keen interest in music education and tutors at the annual Kent Music Summer School Wind Band course held at Benenden in Kent and has also taught at the Bexley Academy for Music and the Performing Arts and has himself recently completed a Master of Arts Degree with the University of Salford.

Other performances have included a performance of the lesser-known Richard Strauss Duett - Concertino for Bassoon Clarinet Strings and Harp in Faversham, with Jason Burton Bassoonist and will be performing the Finzi Clarinet concerto in the autumn of 2008 with the Oare string orchestra.


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+44 (0) 7967 098279

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To hear some excerpts of Chris performing the U.K premier performance of A Mountain Threnody, please click on the link below.


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