Tennis Musical - Christopher Turner
Tennis Ball Wimbledon Lawn Tennis
CHRIS TURNER - Composer / Lyricist / Book

Memberships & Credentials:-Cabaret

Mercury Musicals Development (M.M.D.) - Professional Writer Associate Member
www.mercurymusicals.com

British Academy of Songwriters & Composers
www.britishacademy.com

Performing Rights Society
Musicians’ Union
Equity

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British Tennis Coaches Association (B.T.C.A.) - National Member
Lawn Tennis Association (L.T.A.) - Full Coaches License
Registered Tennis Professional (R.P.T.) - Spain & Europe
Former Welsh International & Welsh Junior Champion (Nestlé)

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University College, Salford 1983 - 1986
Advanced Diploma Band Musicianship
Composition / Arranging / Performance

Deeside College, Connah’s Quay (Formerly Kelsterton College) 1979 - 1982
B.E.C. National Diploma Business Studies

Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA: Awarded Scholarship to study ‘Professional Music’ 1997
New England Conservatory, Boston, USA: One Semester Open Study 1997



Composer
Song & Composition Credits:-

Board of Jury Member - ‘Children’s International Nile Song Festival’,
Cairo, Egypt, 2008
Composer of Official Song ‘DO IT … The Egyptian Way’ - www.inf-egypt.com

Board of Jury Member - ‘The World Festival of Creativity in Schools’,
Sanremo, Italy, 2008 - www.gef.it

Board of Jury Member - ‘International Festival of Arts - Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk', Belarus, 2009
Guest Performer - ‘DO IT … The Belarusian Way’ - http://www.festival.vitebsk.by/en/index.html

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Do It ...The Mancunian Way’

Official Song of Welcome - Commonwealth Games, Manchester 2002
www.mancunianway.com

‘The Egyptian Way’
Official Song – Nile International Festival, Cairo 2008 www.inf-egypt.com

‘Little Ray of Sunshine’
Honourable Mention Billboard World Song Contest 2004
Honours Award Mountain Valley’s Arts Festival Song Writing Competition 2004
Honours Award Great American Song Contest 2005
Honourable Mention UNISONG International Song Contest 2005/2006

‘Sign on the Dotted Line’
FIRST PLACE Cooch Music International Song Contest 2003
Third Place Mountain Valley’s Arts Festival Song Writing Competition 2004


‘Forgive & Forget’
Honourable Mention Billboard World Song Contest 2004
TOP 10 Shortlist International Acoustic Music Awards 2007 (Best Solo Male Section)

‘Breakin’ All The Rules’
Finalist UNISONG International Song Contest 2003

‘Last Request’
Finalist UNISONG International Song Contest 2003

‘Vapour Trail’
Finalist UK Song Writing Contest 2003
Finalist Mountain Valley’s Arts Festival Song Writing Competition 2004

‘Piano Bar Angel’.
Honourable Mention UNISONG International Song Contest 2005/2006

‘TIE BREAK’
(Stage Musical)
Long List (Stage 3) Vivian Ellis Awards for New Musicals 2000
Final 50 (Stage 2) Global Search for New Musicals 2002
www.tennismusical.com



Acting Credits:-Actor

(Equity Name – Christopher Roy)

http://www.spotlightcd.com/spotweb/profile.asp?print=yes&ref=m59567&pub=1

http://www.uk.castingcallpro.com/view.php?uid=173137

2008: ACTING FOR TV & FILM MASTER CLASS -

London Academy
(Tutors - Eric Deacon & Brian Deacon)
2005: WISH YOU WERE HERE - Feature Film - Versatile Films - Director Darrin Welch – Intimidating Villain
2004: VISA CARD COMMERCIAL - Featured Karaoke Bar Patron/ Yuppie
2000: WATCH HISTORY (BBC LEARNING ZONE) – BBC Television - Edwardian Man
2000: NORTH SQUARE - Channel 4 Television – Director Nigel Douglas - Jury Spokesperson
1995: CORONATION STREET QE2 CRUISE SPECIAL - Granada TV - Producer David Hanson – QE2 Musician
1994: BROOKSIDE - Channel 4 – Director Phil Redmond - Ferry Passenger
1993: THE BIG BREAKFAST - Channel 4/Planet 24 Production – Producer Sally Harrison - Musician
1992: EL DORADO - BBC Television/Verity Lambert Production – Director Philip Draycott – Johnson, (Happy Hippy)
1992: FRAMED - Anglia Television – Director Geoffrey Sax - Unhelpful Holiday Rep

Cabaret:-

(Piano Vocals / Keyboards / Saxophones)Chris on  Piano

2005 - 2010: Princess Cruises – Regular Guest Entertainer (10 Contracts);
1995 – 2001: Cunard QE2 (5 Contracts inc World Cruise 1999 – Reference available);
Crystal, Silver Sea, Celebrity Cruises;
Ref: Gary Parkes Agency, London – Tel: 0207 794 1581

1992 – 2001: UK – Rank Warner Hotels; Manchester Hilton; Chester Grosvenor Hotel;
Abbotts Well Hotel, Chester; Mollington Banestry Country Club, Chester
Ref: Paul Bridson Agency, Chester – Tel: 01244 571708/9

1987 – 1992: Costa Del Sol, Spain – Musical Director & Resident Entertainer: –
Thomson Holidays; Intersun, Horizon, Tjaereborg Holidays
Big Jim Farley Band; Double Dutch Piano Bar
Ref: Mr. Kevin Hart (Former Entertainments Manager & Club Owner, Costa del Sol) - +34 607763632

Pre 1987: UK – Salford College Big Band (Goff Richards); Chris Turner Little Big Band; Marina Hotel, Rhyl
Gaiety & Pavilion Theatres, Rhyl – Summer Season, Variety, Pantomime




Tennis Credentials:-Roscoe Tanner

www.playtennisspain.com

British Tennis Coaches Association (B.T.C.A.) - National Member
www.btca.org.uk

Lawn Tennis Association (L.T.A.) - Full Coaches License
www.lta.org.uk

Registered Tennis Professional (R.P.T.) - Spain & Europe
www.rpteurope.com

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1998 - Club Coach Award (CCA) Upgrade from I.C. A.
(Instructors: Jane Poynder & Peter Brown)
1982 - Intermediate Coaches Award (ICA) (Instructor: Peter Warren)
1980 - Elementary Coaches Award (ECA) (Instructor: Kevin Livesey)

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Former Welsh International & Welsh Junior Champion (Nestlé)
7 Junior Tournament Wins - Wales & England - (U-18 & U-16)

National Invitation Tournaments Qualified:-

British U18 Junior Hard Court Championship, Wimbledon 1980 (64 Draw)
British U18 Junior Grass Court Championship, Eastbourne 1980 (96 Draw)
Open U21 - Northern Tennis Club (Anchor Chemicals), Manchester 1980 (64 Draw)


Addendum
Chris Turner has been fortunate enough to be able to combine his two passions -music and tennis- into one career. His ear for music and his eye for the ball were spotted at an early age and thankfully nurtured by loving parents and dedicated teachers.

He is a music graduate, majoring in composition, arranging and performance (piano and saxophones) at University College, Salford, Manchester, and subsequently a professional musician and entertainer.

He is also a professional Tennis coach and former Welsh International and Junior Champion.

MusicianChris’s parents, Roy & June, were the proprietors of a seaside theatre in their hometown of Rhyl in North Wales during the1960s & 70s…The Gaiety Theatre was to provide Chris with an introduction and education in show-business that could be considered the envy of any stage-school. As a child and teenager he took part in summer season variety & review shows, pantomime & music hall, etc. Over the years he played a variety of roles ranging from a ‘Dwarf’ in Snow White, aged 8, (starring ‘Carry On’s’ Charles Hawtrey); to singing and performing in the various shows; playing drums, organ or saxophones in the pit; or helping front of house or backstage.

In pursuing a career in entertainment, Chris has been performing professionally for over 25 years in the UK and abroad. He has travelled the world as resident piano-vocal entertainer onboard the illustrious cruise-liner ‘Queen Elizabeth 2’, on which he has been entertaining, along with other cruise-ships, since 1995. Highlights include the prestigious four-month world cruise onboard ‘QE2’, 1999.

Since 2004, he has worked exclusively for Princess Cruises as a regular Resident Guest Entertainer.

A full Equity member, (Christopher Roy), his acting and television experiences include a part in the UK TV soap ‘El Dorado’; and ‘Coronation St.’ & ‘Brookside’.

In 2004, Chris was cast in a ‘VISA CARD’ commercial to be shown throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and South & Latin America; and in 2005, a small part in the cult film ‘Wish You Were Here’, filmed entirely on the Costa Del Sol, Spain. *http://www.spotlightcd.com/spotweb/profile.asp?print=yes&ref=m59567&pub=1

Chris is a fully licensed L.T.A. Tennis coach and a professionally qualified member of the British Tennis Coaches Association. A former Welsh international player and junior champion, he spent most of his school holidays competing in, and often winning, many tennis tournaments throughout the UK and abroad. At the age of 17, after much deliberation, he turned down an opportunity to become a full-time professional player in order to pursue his musical ambitions. Originally based as tennis pro in North Wales, Chris doesn’t neglect his strong ties with the tennis world! He still takes time out to attend many coach refresher and development courses, which are both educational and fun, meeting old friends & making new contacts, and keeping up with the modern game. Also a member of both the Spanish and European Registry of Tennis Professionals (R.P.T.), Chris spends about 3 months a year in Spain organising and running mini tennis courses and leagues in many of the International schools & clubs on the Costa del Sol. **www.playtennisspain.com

Chris was accepted onto the Vivian Ellis Musical Writing course at Goldsmiths College, London, 1999. He always wanted to write a musical. Therefore, considering his experiences as both a competitor and coach on and off the tennis circuit, he decided to write a musical about tennis…‘Tie Break’! www.tennismusical.com Since his early teens Chris has been writing songs and composing music. His composition ‘Do It ...The Mancunian Way’ was chosen by the ‘Manchester 2002’ Committee as the official song of welcome at the Commonwealth Games (2002). The song was performed by a total of 27 North West primary schools, each school performing for at least 3 of the 72 competing teams during their individual welcome ceremonies, which were broadcast on TV & Radio in many parts of the world. The song was also performed by a specially selected compilation school choir at the official Opening Ceremony in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip, together with members of The Royal Family, and an audience of over 100,000. - www.mancunianway.com

In mid 2007, Chris was approached by the organisers of the International Nile Festival, Egypt, to compose the official song for their 2008 Festival. This was when Chris came up with the idea of adopting his ‘DO IT’ song as a sign of PEACE, LOVE & UNITY throughout the world, and to endorse his campaign of wearing odd socks as a personal signature against racism and bigotry – http://www.oddsocksforpeace.com

The song ‘ DO IT …The Egyptian Way’ was performed by a group of child delegates from 30 countries, and broadcast throughout North Africa! - www.inf-egypt.com (Click on ‘PLAY VIDEO’ halfway down homepage)! Chris was also invited to join the ‘Board of Jury’ for their International Children’s’ Song Competition which took place during the week long Festival (Jan 25th to Feb 3rd 2008).

Consequently, following his experience in Egypt, Chris was invited to join the Board of Jury for ‘The World Festival of Creativity in Schools’, 2008, San Remo, Italy, ‘DOING IT … The Italian Way’ - www.gef.it ;

In 2009, Chris was invited to be a Judge at the ‘International Festival of Arts, Slavianski Bazaar, Vitebsk', Belarus. He performed ‘DO IT… The Belarusian Way’ at the Final Children’s Gala with Belarus children. The performance was broadcast on National TV throughout Eastern Europe - www.festival.vitebsk.by