Trumpeter, composer, and jazz educator Chris Lawrence was born and raised in the city of Muskegon, MI. While in high school he played in numerous All-State and Honors Jazz and Wind Ensembles. During his senior year, Chris was selected as one of thirty five students nationwide to perform in the National Grammy Jazz Ensemble, Los Angeles, CA.
During this trip, Chris worked with many top-name musicians such as Justin DiCioccio, Bobby Sanabria, Ron McCurdy, Nnenna Freelon and Patrice Rushen. After receiving scholarsip offers from The Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, The Cincinnati Conservatory and Depaul University, he spent four years studying in Kalamazoo, MI at Western Michigan University. Here, Lawrence studied privately with Fred Hersch, Rick Holland, Scott Cowan, Stephen Jones and Scott Thornburg.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Arts (jazz studies) from Western Michigan University, Lawrence moved to Chicago to work as a freelance musician and educator. Leaving Chicago for more exprience, Lawrence performed for the next two years in show bands on Carnival Cruise Lines and traveled the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera.
Currently finishing a teaching certificate in music education at Michigan State University, he has performed with or opened for artists such as The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Aaron Neville, Linda Rondstadt, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Earth, Wind and Fire, Kool and The Gang, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Fred Hersch, Slide Hampton, Jim McNeely, Jimmy Dillon and The Lion Street Horns, Alan Gresick Swing Shift Orchestra, and countless others. Lawrence has also performed or toured with many off Broadway productions such as Man of LaMancha, Guys and Dolls, The Buddy Holly Story, Peter Pan, 1940′s Radio Hour, Brigadoon and West Side Story.
Musicmakers UK is directed by Xenia Horne, an experienced musician and business woman. Your main point of contact will be with Xenia, who will then liase with our musicians all over the country. She founded the company in 1990 to provide more performance opportunities for the many professional musicians around the UK that she has worked with, and has steadily built our portfolio of artists. Hear us here.
Fine music for all occasions in all locations
Our business is to make sure that our clients can enjoy the finest music available to them, in the manner that they need. From solo artist to big band, all of our musicians are well-presented, good communicators, and above all, professionally trained.
We have excellent contacts with other suppliers and venues, so please do not hesitate to us ask for advice on other areas.
Random Acts of Jazz performing at a civil partnership celebration.Who We Are We are musicians who love our work ! We are passionate about performance, and passionate about attention to detail.
Our work covers all aspects of live music from events and entertainment to recording and soundtracks. We can arrange pieces of music for our clients so that you really do have a wide choice of repertoire for your own event.
Musicmakers UK have a wide range of musicians covering every musical genre.Our prime aim is to provide you with the perfect musical entertainment for your event, whatever the occasion. We offer both practical and creative advice, as well as help you with technical aspects of the booking. We have every type of music, whether you want to hire a harpist or superb jazz band to sitar players and celidh bands. Why not listen to our music ?
Weddings, civil ceremonies and civil partnerships
We are highly experienced at providing music for weddings and civil partnerships and offer a huge range of optione too many to list, contact us !
Parties, Balls, corporate events
Our clients range from individuals to large corporations such as Audi, Lexus, Liberty’s of London and even 11 Downing Street. Music adds magic to any event and we do believe that no job is too large or too small.
What our clients say :
‘thank you for organising the wonderful Champagne Trio who played for our wedding day, they played beautifully and nothing was too much trouble.’ CH
‘the whole ambience was wonderfully complemented by your playing.’ GR
‘the ensemble played absolutely beautifully and everyone commented so.’ KF
‘The string quartet did a fantastic job and played some wonderful music.’ KG
‘Thank you so much for playing your beautiful harp at our wedding, and making it a very special day.’ CS