Christopher Bond is a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where he studies composition. At the age of 20, he has already had much success; both as a composer and a brass player.
He played the cornet in the Camborne Youth Band, under Alan Pope for 10 years, and was a part of their six-year succession of wins at the National Youth Championships of Great Britain. Making steady progress into the B Band, he progressed through to Principal Cornet, where he led the band to a win in the Second Section West of England Area, a commendable 3rd place at the National Finals, and a subsequent promotion to the First Section. He was also a member of the successful Cornwall Youth Brass Band, by whom he was commissioned in 2009 to write a fanfare to open their anniversary course concert to celebrate 50 years since the first residential course. Shortly after, he wrote a piece for the same band under the baton of Richard Evans in dedication to the late Goff Richards whom attended the concert and was a great influence to Christopher, also being Cornish.
Over the last couple of years, Christopher has developed in all aspects of composition, but most notably for brass. He was selected as a finalist in both the 2011 and 2012 RWCMD ‘Stainer and Bell’ Competitions, and won a competition held by the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble for a new fanfare, which resulted in a performance of the work. He has also received a number of notable commissions, including Zoe Hancock (Black Dyke Band), Owen Farr (Cory Band), Jeremy Taylor (Cory Band), Eminence Brass Quartet and Euphony Euphonium Quartet. As a result, he has had his music performed throughout the UK, including St David’s Hall as part of the BBC Welsh Proms, Wales Millenium Centre, Durham International Festival of Brass, and the RNCM Festival of Brass, Manchester. Most recently, his work ‘Flight 93’ for chamber orchestra was premiered by the Welsh Sinfonia in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff.
He is currently working on a commission from Richard Marshall (Black Dyke Band) to write a cornet ensemble piece to be performed as part of the Black Dyke Arts Festival at the RNCM in May 2012, before starting work on a Trombone Concerto with chamber orchestra for soloist and friend, Stephen Sykes (Tredegar Band). Christopher’s quartet ‘Eminence’ is featured on Eminence Brass Quartet’s latest CD, which is due for release later this year.
- Tuesday 28th June 2011:
Mont Cenis for brass band quintet