Chris Peake

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Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2018Musical Director
Theatre
Thoroughly Modern Millie UK Tour
Racky Plews
Modern Millie Ltd
UK Tour
2018Musical Director
Education
GSA Foundation Showcase
Gerry Tebbutt
Guildford School of Acting
Ivy Arts Centre
2018Musical Director
Education

Terence Rodia
London College of Music
Soho Theatre
2018Composer & Musical Director
Theatre
Henry V
John Risebero & Ben Horslen
Antic Disposition
Théâtre National de Nice
2018Keyboards
Theatre

Simone Spagnolo
Anglia Ruskin University
Mumford Theatre
2017 - 2018Musical Director & Arranger
Theatre
Jack and The Beanstalk
Ryan McBryde
Salisbury Playhouse
Salisbury Playhouse
2017Associate Musical Director
Theatre
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Racky Plews
Modern Millie Ltd
UK TOUR
2017Musical Director
Theatre
Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
Stephen Simms
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Crescent Thratre, Birmingham
2016 - 2017Musical Director & Arranger
Theatre
Aladdin
Ryan McBryde
Salisbury Playhouse
Salisbury Playhouse
2016Keyboards
Theatre
Shout! - The Mod Musical
Racky Plews
Peter Frosdick Productions Ltd.
Winter Gardens, Blackpool
2016Musical Director
Theatre
West Side Story
Damian Sandys
Bill Kenwright Ltd
Theatre Royal Windsor
2016Musical Director
Theatre
PippinUniversity of Cumbria
Stanwix Theatre
2016Composer / Musical Director
Theatre
Henry V
John Riserbero / Ben Horslen
Antic Disposition
UK Tour
2015 - 2016Musical Director
Theatre
Honk!
Kenn Oldfield
Guildford School of Acting
Ivy Arts Centre
2015Composer / MD
Theatre
A Christmas Carol
John Riserbero / Ben Horslen
Antic Disposition
Middle Temple Hall
2015Assistant Musical Director
Theatre
The Who's TommyWinter Gardens Blackpool
Winter Gardens Blackpool
2015Musical Director
Theatre
The Drowsy ChaperoneUniversity of Cumbria
Stanwix Theatre
2015Composer / MD
Theatre
Henry VAntic Disposition
French Tour / Temple Church
2015Musical Director
Theatre
Seaside CirqueTalent Artistic Group
Tour
2015Musical Director
Theatre
Looking for OzTalent Artistic Group
Tour
2015Musical Director
Theatre
Guys and DollsBeck Youth Theatre
Beck Theatre
2015Musical Director
Theatre
ChessUniversity of Cumbria
Stanwix Theatre
2015Composer / MD
Theatre
Peter PanWatford Palace Theatre
Watford Palace Theatre
2014 - 2015Auditions
Theatre
Sweeney ToddTooting Arts Club
Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop / West End
2014Musical Supervisor
Theatre
A Christmas CarolAntic Disposition
Middle Temple Hall
2014Musical Director
Theatre
Sleeping BeautyWatford Palace Theatre
Watford Palace Theatre
2014Music Production
Theatre
Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd
UK Tour
2014Musical Director
Theatre
Soho CindersUniversity of Cumbria
Stanwix Theatre
2014Keyboard 1
Theatre
The Addams FamilyMayhem Musical Theatre Company
2014Composer
Theatre
Rats' TalesWatford Palace Theatre
Watford Palace Theatre
2014Musical Director
Theatre
The Wedding SingerBYT
Beck Theatre
2014Musical Director
Theatre
Sweeney ToddUniversity of Cumbria
Stanwix Theatre
2014Composer
Theatre
Canterbury TalesWatford Palace Theatre
2013Musical Director
Theatre
CinderellaEvolution Productions
St Albans Arena
2013Musical Production
Theatre
Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd
UK Tour
2013Composer
Theatre
Fantastic Mr FoxWatford Palace Theatre
Watford Palace Theatre
2013Musical Director
Theatre
Once Upon A MattressUniversity of Cumbria
Stanwix Theatre
2013Musical Supervisor
Theatre
When Midnight StrikesInner Circle Productions
Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre
2013Musical Director
Theatre
Pipe DreamRegan De Wynter Productions
Union Theatre
2013Musical Director
Theatre
Bare: A Pop OperaPaul Taylor-Mills Ltd
Union Theatre
2013Musical Director
Theatre
A Little Night MusicUniversity of Cumbria
Stanwix Theatre
2013Arrangements / Orchestrations
Theatre
ChessRegan De Wynter Productions
Union Theatre
2013Musical Director
Theatre
EvitaBYT
Beck Theatre
2010 - 2012Associate Musical Director
Theatre
Thursford Enterprises
2012Musical Director
Theatre
NewsRevue Edinburgh 2012Canal Cafe Theatre
Pleasance Courtyard
2012Musical Director
Theatre
Giddy GoatC Venues
2012Musical Director
Theatre
This Is SoapC Venues
2012Musical Director
Theatre
Workshop - A Kind of MagicRoyal and Derngate
2012Keyboards
Theatre
Goodnight Mrs CalabashUpstairs at the Gatehouse
2012Musical Director
Theatre
SeussicalUniversity of Cumbria
2012Musical Director
Theatre
A Midsummer Night's DreamAntic Disposition
Middle Temple Hall
2012Musical Director
Theatre
Workshop - King & IRoyal and Derngate
Royal & Derngate Theatre
2012Musical Director
Theatre
Anything GoesBYT
Beck Theatre
2012Musical Supervisor
Theatre
A Christmas CarolAntic Disposition
Middle Temple Hall
2011Pianist
Theatre
Bernarda AlbaTriptic Theatre
Union Theatre
2011Associate Musical Director / Conductor
Theatre
Thursford Enterprises
Thursford
2011Musical Director
Theatre
Our HouseBYT
Beck Theatre Hayes
2011Musical Director
Theatre
This is SoapC Venues
C Venues
2011Musical Director
Theatre
NewsRevue Edinburgh 2011Newsrevue
Pleasance
2011Musical Director
Theatre
High School MusicalQdos Entertainment
Palace Theatre
2011Associate Musical Director
Theatre
The Shakespeare RevueAntic Disposition
Manor Pavilion Sidmouth
2011Musical Director
Theatre
Moving ForwardThe Urdang Academy
Urdang
2011Musical Director
Theatre
CabaretThe Urdang Academy
Urdang
2011Assistant Musical Director
Theatre
The Boy FriendEyebrow Productions
Her Majesty's Theatre
2010Casting MD
Film
The Beat Goes OnGallowgate
2010Musical Director
Theatre
The WizPalace avenue Theatre
Palace Theatre
2010Musical Director
Theatre
NewsRevueCanal Cafe Theatre
Canal Cafe Theatre
2010Musical Director
Theatre
Finishing The HatKing's Head Theatre Company
Kings Head Theatre
2010Musical Director
Other
New Bloom'sAfterView
Recording
2010Musical Director
Theatre
The Music ManBYT
Beck Theatre
2010Musical Director
Theatre
TENJermyn Street Theatre
Jermyn Street Theatre
2010Musical Director
Theatre
A Man of No ImportanceRegan De Wynter Productions
Arts Theatre
2010Keyboards
Theatre
Silence! The MusicalAbove the Stag Theatre Company
Above The Stag Theatre
2009 - 2010Musical Director
Theatre
AladdinBill Kenwright Ltd
Theatre Royal Windsor
2009Musical Director
Theatre
A Man of No ImportanceRegan De Wynter Productions
Union Theatre
2009Musical Director
Theatre
NewsRevue Edinburgh - 30th Anniversary ProductionCanal Cafe Theatre
Pleasance Courtyard - Over The Road One
2009Musical Director
Theatre
PippinPPA
Guildford School of Acting
2009Pianist
Theatre
Just Beyond The StarsBeck Theatre
Beck Theatre, Hayes
2009Guest Musical Director
Theatre
Déjà vuItalia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Avondale Theatre
2009Musical Director
Theatre
CompanyPLOS Theatre Company
Putney Arts Theatre
2009Musical Director
Theatre
OklahomaBYT
Beck Theatre, Hayes
2009Musical Director
Theatre
The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeAntic Disposition
St .Stephen's
2008 - 2009Musical Director
Theatre
Peter PanBill Kenwright Ltd
Theatre Royal Windsor
2008Musical Director
Theatre
NewsrevueCanal Cafe Theatre
Canal Cafe Theatre
2008Musical Director
Theatre
The MikadoUnion Theatre Productions
Union Theatre
2008Musical Director
Other
Alton Towers 2008 SeasonMerlin Entertainments
Alton Towers
2008Musical Director / Singing Coach
Other
Musical Theatre CoursesIttalia Conti Theatre Arts Ltd
Italia Conti Academy, Barbican
2008Audition Pianist
Other
K TalentK Talent
Actors Centre, London
2008Musical Director
Theatre
Crazy For YouPLOS Theatre Company
Putney Arts Theatre
2008Musical Director
Theatre
Honk!BYT
Beck Theatre, Hayes
2008Music
Theatre
Surviving SpikeBill Kenwright Ltd
Theatre Royal Windsor
2007 - 2008Musical Director
Theatre
CinderellaBill Kenwright Ltd
Theatre Royal Windsor
2007Vocal / Musical Director
Theatre
Kander & Ebb WorkshopCentrestage Ireland
Millennium Theatre, Limerick
2007Musical Director
Theatre
A Night At The MusicalsCaroline O'Connor and Friends
Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley
2007Pianist
Other
Lady BlueCabaret with Dame Jayne
Battersea Barge
2007Musical Director
Theatre
An Asylum on Every CornerModus Operandi Theatre
Metropolis Theatre, Bucharest (Romania)
2007Keyboards
Tour
Tracy Beaker Gets RealNottingham Playhouse
UK Tour
2006 - 2007Musical Director
Theatre
Snow White and the Seven DwarfsBill Kenwright Ltd
Theatre Royal Windsor
2006Musical Arranger
Theatre
Silent NightNotes From New York
Apollo Theatre, Shartsbury Avenue
2006Musical Director
Other
Cabaret WorkshopPaul L Martin
Actors Centre, London
2006Pianist
Other
Live LoungeMillionth Muse Productions
Sopranos, High Street Kensington
2006Musical Director
Theatre
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!Ad Lib Productions
Charles Cryer Studio Theatre
2006Musical Director
Theatre
ChelinotUnion Theatre Productions
Union Theatre
2006Pianist
Theatre
Cabaret ConfidentialMillionth Muse Productions
London Theatre Museum
2006Associate Musical Director
Theatre
Listen To My HeartBrute Farce Theatre Company
Marlborough Theatre
2006Assistant Musical Director
Theatre
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now ChangeHotBox Productions
Canal Café Theatre
2006Musical Director
Theatre
NewsrevueCanal Cafe Theatre
Canal Café Theatre
2005Assistant MD / Arranger
Theatre
A Cracking ChristmasJermyn Street Theatre
Jermyn Street Theatre
2005Vocal Coach / Teacher of Music Theatre
Other
MT CourseMountview
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
2005Dep MD
Theatre
Honk!Mountview
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
2005Audition Pianist
Theatre
Side by Side by SondheimAndrew Lynford Productions
Union Theatre
2005Musical Director
Theatre
Honk!Music Theatre Warwick
Warwick Arts Centre
2004Musical Director
Theatre
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging QueensMusic Theatre Warwick
Warwick Arts Centre
2003Musical Director
Theatre
CabaretMusic Theatre Warwick
The Cooler, UWSU
2003Synthesiser
Theatre
KeptCollapsible Theatre Company
Ctoo, Edinburgh Fringe
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2005PhilosophyUniveristy of Warwick

    Equipment

    I own (and can operate):
    Nord Stage 2, Komplete Audio 6, Logic Pro, MacBook Pro, iPad 2, Mackie SRM 450v2, Cubase, Sibelius 6, Freehand Musicpad pro digital sheet music unit. (See www.sightread.co.uk), Yamaha Motif XS8

    Additional Skills

    Vocal coach, chorus master, choral conductor.

    Pianist, audition pianist (excellent sight reader), synthesiser programmer.

    Music arranging / orchestrating,

    Music copying / transposing.

    Experienced teacher voice / keyboards.

    Singer: Baritone.

    Vocal training from

    Geraldine Hackett Jones (Cambridge),

    Michael Clifton-Thompson (Welsh National Opera).

    Additional Information

    PRESS

    "Best of all with this production is the quality of the singing under Christopher Peake's musical direction, which gives every number full emotional and musical weight."

    Mark Shenton, THE STAGE 28/07/08

    "Without lavish orchestral back-up, the music also feels revivified. While the faster, more elaborate songs - enhanced by Vanessa Fenton's equally witty choreography - still belt along, the slower numbers have almost an edge of Weimar cabaret torch songs about them. Overall, this is great fun delivered quite, quite brilliantly."

    5* Critics Choice

    Andrew Hayden, TIME OUT 28/07/08

    "All you need to know is this Mikado is supreme with some staggering singing… [this] work is worthy of the West End."

    4*

    Radica Anikpe, WHATS ON STAGE, 28/07/08

    "The noise the chorus makes is the loveliest I've heard for months and would be the envy of most West End shows. This production Team is going places.

    "In every respect musical director Christopher Peake is a one-man band, what he lacks in colleagues he more than makes up for in commitment, providing assured piano accompaniment for every song."

    4*

    Fiona Mountford, EVENING STANDARD, 25/07/08

    Top Five Opera: "2: THE MIKADO"

    Neil Fisher, THE TIMES 16/08/2008

    "The tiny Union has just won a Peter Brook Empty Space Award, largely on the strength of its pocket-sized musicals, including the all-male Mikado."

    Lyn Gardner, THE GUARDIAN 17/11/08

    "The incredibly moving tale of Chelinot is made more so by the orchestra on stage. The sublime beauty of the music bought to life each and every emotion experienced by the villagers Passion, anger, love and sorrow were carefully captured in the exquisite direction of Christopher Peake."

    Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, IndieLondon 13/07/2006

    Top Five Theatre: "1: Cheliont"

    Benedict Nightingale, THE TIMES 05/08/2006

    "This pantomime adaptation of J.M. Barrie's play is just about as close to perfect as you could hope for it to be - and this mostly comes down to a very fine sense of balance. There is just enough plot and story to give the thing shape, just enough slapstick and silliness to give it anarchy, just enough singing to make it sweet and enough dancing to make it exhausting.

    "All in all, this is a superb example of what pantomime can and should be, but most often doesn't quite manage - it's only seeing something as good and as rounded and as well-balanced as this that one realises they've been watching the second best up to now."

    AF Harrold, The Wokingham Times 30/12/2008

    "This musical transfer from the tiny Union fits it snug as a bug, sending a flood of warmth through the stalls… an honest little show that wears its heart on its sleeve as the mirror of art is held up to the hard realities and poetry of everyday life."

    Lyn Gardner, THE GUARDIAN 14/02/10

    Referees

    On request.

    About me

    I am a Musical Director, Piano/Keyboards Player & Vocal Coach.

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Organisation Memberships
    • Musicians Union (UK)
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • Children's Theatre
    • Educational Theatre
    • Exhibitions
    • International Touring Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    • UK Touring Theatre
    Experienced In
    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • Live Events
    • Musicals
    • Opera
    • Pantomime
    • Revue
    • Shakespeare
    • Showcase
    Work Permits
    • EU
    Interested in
    • Cruises
    • European Tour
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • Yes