Christopher Daly began playing the guitar at the age of seventeen, having been inspired by a recital by the great Spanish virtuoso Andrés Segovia.
Christopher read Divinity at King Alfred's College (now The University of Winchester) and was awarded his Certificate in Education. Invited to join the staff of the Music School of Winchester College, he began to teach the guitar in 1970. In 1976 he was awarded his Licentiate Diploma by the Royal Academy of Music.
He continues to teach the guitar at all levels both in schools and privately, and performs from time to time with an emphasis on fine but lesser-known repertoire. He has also performed with singers and in chamber music.
Christopher offers private tuition to students of all ages who are based in or near Poole, Dorset, UK. To find out more, please email .
Having for some years been a guitar Specialist Adjudicator, the British and International Federation of Music Festivals made Christopher a General Adjudicator in 2004.
In the same year he was elected to the committee of the Lennox Berkeley Society, which exists to increase public awareness of Sir Lennox Berkeley's music. He introduced a Guitar Award for the Society in 2010, and administers this in partnership with Oxford Music Festival. The Award is now held by five outstanding young guitarists, with all three royal music colleges represented among them.
In April 2015, Christopher was awarded a Bachelor Degree of the University of Winchester, Honoris Causa.
Christopher is a member of the Friends of Cathedral Music.
Writing in the 2014 edition of the Lennox Berkeley Society Journal, Christopher Daly meets Emily Beynon, who accepted an invitation to become a Patron of the Society in 2013. Emily is Principal Flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. She is an internationally established recitalist and teacher, and a superb chamber musician.
Drawing parallels between Lennox Berkeley and Gabriel Fauré, Christopher Daly considers tradition and values in the art of music. This article was first published in the 2017 edition of the Lennox Berkeley Society Journal.