Chris Hamilton

Introduction:

Pianist/vocalist, instrumentalist

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About Chris...

Chris Hamilton is the ultimate piano showman. He began playing the piano at the age of four. He was classically trained on the piano and at the age of fifteen he was awarded a Performer's Diploma (LTCL).

Chris has performed in cabaret all over the world from Bangkok to Tel Aviv and was flown to Melbourne, Australia, to perform at a private party. In London, he has performed solo shows at Jermyn Street Theatre, the Theatre Museum, Lauderdale House, the Pheasantry and The Actor's Church, Covent Garden. He has also appeared as a guest performer at the Savoy Theatre and the Hippodrome. He has won praise from all the major newspapers, the Telegraph describing him as an "ace pianist". Chris has also performed at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, London, St David's Hall, Cardiff, Blenheim Palace and the House of Commons.

Chris made his New York debut in 2007 at Don't Tell Mama, where critics described him as "the real deal" and "a total showman". The late cabaret and theatre veteran Julie Wilson described Chris as a "triple threat" while New York cabaret legend called him a "wizard on the keys". Chris also performs as headliner on all the luxury cruise liners. What sets Chris apart from all the other piano headliners is the fact that he does something original at the end of each of his shows. At the end of his first show he asks the audience to shout out any piece of music they like and then he plays them all without stopping (something Liberace used to do). He closes his second show with an Oscars tribute. He asks twelve audience members for a year between 1934 and 2015 and then on the spot reveals which song won the Oscar that year and also the movie it came from. Chris then improvises a medley of all twelve songs.

Chris is a keen composer and his first musical, Over The Threshold, for which he wrote the music, lyrics and book, was staged in Edinburgh in 2009 winning the MTM Award for Best New Music.

Chris is gaining fans worldwide who appreciate his prodigious musical gifts and his sophisticated performing style.

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