Stoke CMS Alumni

Chris Brammeld

My first memories of my long involvement with CMS began when I was about 9 years old, when I joined the wind band of Stoke North on the recommendation of my clarinet teacher, Richard Griffiths.

I later played with the City Youth Wind Orchestra and City Youth Orchestra. These were amazing opportunities for young musicians to be involved with, and one of the greatest testaments to the importance of CMS in my early life is that many of my oldest and closet friendships were formed there. I mustn’t forget to mention, also, the amazing tuition that I received from the talented teachers on the CMS staff.

I read Music at the University of Nottingham, after which I returned to Stoke, where I joined the staff of CMS, teaching woodwind and conducting CYWO and a range of smaller ensembles. These few years were hugely enjoyable and it was great to be part of such a fantastic team of dedicated professionals, whose collective purpose was to give the new generation of budding musicians the same quality of experience as we had received ourselves.

In 2011, after completing my MMus and PGCE, I took a teaching position in Hertfordshire, before going on to complete my PhD in Composition at the University of Cambridge. Composition has remained my passion, and I enjoy writing music for students and amateur performers, as well as commissions for professional concert music. I currently teach piano and composition in two private prep schools in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, as well as teaching composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Junior Department. In 2018 I reconnected with Stoke-on-Trent when I became Artistic Director of Penkhull Festival.