Chris Passey is an award-winning composer, singer, musical director and vocal coach from the West Midlands. Chris was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in April 2016.
Chris’s debut album, released in November 2011, ‘Self Taught; Still Learning’ achieved critical acclaim, entering the Amazon Broadway charts at #2, becoming a Best Seller at Dress Circle and leading to a sell out concerts in Leicester Square Theatre on 22nd January 2012 and again at The Union Theatre in March 2019.
Chris was a finalist in the inaugural Craig Barbour Award for Composition and was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize 2012 & a finalist in 2014. Chris co-wrote cult hit ‘Stagey & Proud’ and this song went on to be performed by Sheridan Smith at the What’s On Stage Awards. His songs are performed all over the world in drama school auditions and in rep classes across the country.
As a singer, Chris has performed all over the UK and Europe, most recently alongside internationally renowned musical theatre composer Scott Alan. As Principal of BITA Musical Theatre, Chris ensures professional performing arts training to young people across the West Midlands by providing low-cost workshops with industry experts, weekly classes and the chance to apply for funding from the BITA Foundation to help with audition fees and courses.
Their productions have gathered critical acclaim and sell-out performances at Birmingham REP with ‘In The Heights’ in July 2017. Chris is Deputy Head of Kimichi School, Birmingham’s only specialist music school, as well as co-musical director of Birmingham Voices, a professional choir that has toured the UK with Josh Groban, Russell Watson and works regularly with BBC Songs of Praise. 2019 sees the choir on the road again with Russell Watson after an appearance at the London Palladium and Christmas as the Barbican with the LSO as well as numerous concerts at Symphony Hall, The Barbican and Cadogan Hall.
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