St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Chris Sayles – piano

Tuesday, 31 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Chris Sayles – piano

L van Beethoven

Piano Sonata no. 9 in E major, op. 14, no.1

Allegro

Allegretto

Rondo

Piano Sonata no.15 in D major, op. 28 (Pastoral)

Allegro

Andante

Scherzo: Allegro

Allegro, ma non troppo

Christopher Sayles was born in Caterham, Surrey in 1984 and began taking piano lessons at the age of seven. At the same time he became a chorister at St. John's Church, Caterham Valley, where he eventually progressed to become Head Chorister, as well as obtaining the St. Nicholas Award (now Gold Award) in July 1998. Christopher was educated at St. Bede's School, Redhill, where his passion for music greatly increased. In 2003 he went to study music at Leeds College of Music, where he was given piano tuition by Marion Raper and Julian Cima. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Michael Grady Award for Piano Accompaniment. On completing his Bachelor Degree in June 2006, Marion Raper persuaded him to stay on to take his Masters and a subsequent career in music. His recitals of this time included Beethoven's third piano concerto, Debussy's "Pour le piano" and other works of reputable note. On finishing his Masters, Christopher made his public concert debut in the Leeds International Concert Season in October 2007. His highly praised performance of the Brahms Op.79 Rhapsodies led to his being awarded the Robert Tebb Trophy for Outstanding Performance.

In the years following his studies at Leeds, Christopher moved back to Caterham, and was very active as a concert pianist, giving solo recitals in famous London churches, various music societies and cathedrals nationwide. In 2008 and 2010 respectively, he gained his Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas at Trinity College of Music with distinction. From 2009 to 2011 he was Director of Music at the United Reformed Church, Caterham. Christopher moved to Berlin in 2011 with his then girlfriend, now wife, Linda. There he continues his concert career, giving recitals in Berlin and Brandenburg, as well as teaching piano at the Musikschule Landkries-Oder-Spree, Schöneiche.

Christopher Sayles was born in Caterham, Surrey and began playing the piano when he was 7 years old. He was also Head Chorister at St John's Church, Caterham and obtained the St Nicholas (now Gold) award in 1998. He studied Music at Leeds College of Music between 2003 and 2007 under the tuition of Marion Raper and Julian Cima. There he completed his Bachelor and Masters Degrees and was awarded the Michael Grady Award for Piano Accompaniment and the Robert Tebb Trophy for Outstanding Performance. In the following years he received his Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas at Trinity College of Music, London with distinction. He now lives and works in Berlin as a concert pianist and piano teacher.