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  • Russell Watson UK Tour

    Chris is delighted to be playing electric and acoustic guitars on the Russell Watson UK Tour over the coming weeks, with symphony orchestra and rhythm section. Lots of great venues including the Royal Festival Hall London, Brighton Dome, Sage Gateshead and many others. http://www.russellwatson.com
  • chris allard band at colchester arts centre

    DSC02375_filteredVery pleased to be returning to one of my favourite venues in the country Sunday 02nd March. Performing a lot of brand new music – and one or two tunes from our album Jupiter Island. Band contains some of the most in-demand players in the UK: Ross Stanley, Brandon Allen, Oli Hayhurst, Nick Smalley  

Upcoming Gigs

Date Artist City Venue
24/04/14 Lenny Beige London St James Theatre
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 12 Palace Street.
25/04/14 Jeremy Sassoon London The Boisdale Club
Time: 10:00pm. Address: 15 Eccleston Street, Belgravia.
26/04/14 Jeremy Sassoon London The Boisdale Club (Canary Wharf)
Time: 10:00pm. Address: Cabot Place, Canary Wharf.
07/05/14 BBC Big Band Bradford St George’s Hall
Time: 7:30pm.
08/05/14 Chris Allard Band Oxford The Spin Jazz Club
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 129 High Street.
10/05/14 Jacqui Dankworth Southport Southport Jazz Festival
Time: 7:30pm.

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About Chris

Chris Allard is a freelance guitarist based in London. He has performed at major festivals and prestigious venues around the world, including the Barbican Centre, Montreux Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, Nuremberg Festival, Hackney Empire, Midem Festival Cannes, Maison Musique Torino Italy, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Brighton Dome, Edinburgh Festival, Duoro Jazz Festival Portugal, The Royal Festival Hall.

Chris has worked with Jacqui Dankworth, Russell Watson, Tim Garland, John Helliwell (Supertramp), Gwyneth Herbert, Dave O’Higgins, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Carleen Anderson, Paul Roberts (The Stranglers), Jamie Cullum, Mike Walker, Dylan Howe, Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd), Steve Furst, Kate Dimbleby, Madeline Bell, Gwilym Simcock, the BBC Big Band, Charlie Wood, Ken Peplowski, James Morrison to name but a few.

TV appearances include performing live on Children in Need, BBC Breakfast and the Paul O’Grady Show with Jacqui Dankworth, with whom he has also appeared on BBC radio many times. Others include Friday Night is Music Night with Gwyneth Herbert and The BBC Concert Orchestra. In august 2010 Chris was a featured guest on Solar Radio, Los Angeles California, talking about album Open Spaces and playing live in the studio. September 2012 Chris performed with Madeline Bell and the BBC Big Band at the BBC Radio 2 Proms in Hyde Park London to over 42000 people.

Chris has recorded in many of the best studios in the UK including Maida Vale, Abbey Road, Metropolis, Pinewood Studios, Air, and abroad at studios including Dinamec studio, Geneva, and Solar Studio, Los Angeles. Chris has recorded for legendary producers such as Tony Platt (Led Zeppelin, ACDC, Bob Marley).

Ovation guitar prize winner in 2000, Chris was also awarded a classical guitar by the Barbarolli Foundation 2002, and was finalist in the Gibson Guitar Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival 2004, also receiving a guitar. Chris studied jazz and classical guitar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and Malmo Conservatoire, Sweden.


New album: Jupiter Island

Download or order your copy here.