Christopher Vale

Christopher Vale studied at the Royal College of Music under Kerry Camden. He achieved the highest College Grade, and won the Arthur Somerville Bassoon Prize.He gained his ARCM in Bassoon and ARCM (Teachers Diploma) in Piano.

Christopher is currently Sub-principal Bassoon doubling Contra at Welsh National Opera. Previous to this he was principal Bassoon with the New Sadlers Wells Opera, also principal Bassoon for Orchestral Services, involving work with the Cuban, Australian and Houston Ballet Companies.

His Contra work has included Welsh National Opera productions of Wozzeck, and the Wagner Ring Cycle, Salome and Elektra. He has played Contra bassoon for the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet. He is also on call for extra work with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of St Johns Smith Square, and has recently been working for S4C film music and BBC Radio Four on both Bassoon and Contra Bassoon.