Christopher Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence is the youngest of three brass-playing brothers, and ended up on the tuba after the trumpet and trombone had already been taken by his older siblings. He was fortunate to be taught by Patrick Harrild at the Royal College of Music Junior Department for nine years to the age of 18, and benefited from coaching by the legendary John Fletcher during three years with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. As a teenager he also played for the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, was reserve tuba for the European Community Youth Orchestra, gained the ARCM diploma and reached the semi-finals of the Shell-LSO Scholarship.

As an undergraduate at Queens' College, Cambridge, Christopher managed to fit in some time for the tuba around his study of Classics. His interest in the brass ensemble repertoire burgeoned with the founding of the Cambridge University Brass Ensemble, and he performed concertos by Vaughan Williams, Gregson and Frackenpohl. After University, Christopher played regularly with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra and the Kensington Symphony Orchestra.

Christopher joined Prime Brass in 1997 and helped to expand it from a quintet into a dectet in 2002. His extensive knowledge of the repertoire for brass, especially for brass-with-choir and brass-with-organ, has led to a number of exciting collaborations for Prime Brass. He started Junior Prime Brass (JPB) in 2010 and now concentrates on conducting and coaching JPB and programming concerts for Prime Brass, having stepped down from the tuba seat in 2011.