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Chris Orton is active as a recorder player, conductor and teacher of Dalcroze eurhythmics. He studied recorder with Ross Winters at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and with Anneke Boeke in Amsterdam. Orton currently teaches recorder and chamber music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music and the National Youth Recorder Orchestras.

Performing and commissioning new music is at the centre of Orton’s musical life, and composers such as Thomas Simaku, Edward Gregson and Michał Pawełek have all composed solo works for him. He has performed solo recitals at major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and Birmingham Symphony Hall, as well as at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Gaudeamus in Amsterdam.

Early on in his career Orton was successful on the international competition circuit. Highlights include First Prize at the Moeck/SRP International Solo Recorder Competition in 2007, Second Prize, Jury Prize and Gaudeamus Prize at the Krzysztof Penderecki Competition of Contemporary Music in 2006, the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and a BBC Performing Arts Fund bursary for €20,000.

Role: Classical Artist 
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