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Christopher Hobson

Christopher started piano lessons at the age of 4. Aged 8 to 11, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School under the tuition of Valarie Eastham. Later Christopher trained at the world famous Chetham’s School of Music, studying classical piano with Peter Lawson and jazz piano with Les Chisnall. Since leaving education, Christopher has worked in the dance field, gaining a wealth of experience playing at some of the most respected dance establishments in the UK, such as the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Elmhurst School for Dance, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and Central School of Ballet, to name but a few. Whilst working at Northern Ballet Theatre (UK), Christopher had the privilege of working with many world renowned choreographers and directors (including Gillian Lynne, Mark Godden and David Nixon) on many productions, including Lynne’s ‘A Simple Man,’ Nixon’s ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Swan Lake,’ ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and the revival of Claude-Michel Schönberg’ (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon) first ballet commission, ‘Wuthering Heights.’ Christopher’s musical tastes are very varied, from early baroque, classical and romantic, through to modern jazz, musical theatre and popular music. This wide and varied musical interest led to him being in high demand as an arranger. His first work for ballet, (a jazz ballet entitled ‘As Time Goes By’) premiered in Sadler’s Wells (London) in 2009, with choreography by David Nixon.
Christopher also has a keen interest in music for dance education. He often works with establishments & companies, accompanying classes in both Ballet and Contemporary disciplines. He is currently re-writing the IDTA Ballet syllabus music.