OSO Soloist: Chris Price
Chris Price was born in London, the son of an Anglican clergyman, and was exposed to the organ from infancy. By the age of 3 he could pick out hymn tunes on the family harmonium, and from 8 played for occasional services, becoming a permanent organist at 11. Tuition in piano and theory began at secondary school, but as an organist he is largely self-taught.
From the age of 6 he lived in West Cumbria, where after training as a piano technician in London he ran his own business for 26 years, before moving to Oldham in 2006. He and and wife Marie settled at Trinity Methodist Church in Royton where Chris became a regular organist, but very soon he began deputising at other churches across the area, and currently plays at four on a permanent basis.
Chris has given a great many recitals, and was soloist for the Cumbrian premier of the Poulenc Concerto with the West Lakeland Orchestra. He is an active member of two organists' associations, and serves as President of the Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside Organists Association from April 2016.
Apart from his great passion for the organ, Chris is also an avid steam railway enthusiast and, among other memorable moments, has driven a train on the East Lancashire Railway.
Concerts where Chris Price played: