MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND SUPERVISOR
Chris has several years of experience as a musical director and supervisor on a wide variety of projects. From classical to big band, legit to contemporary and beyond, his work with performers, musicians, and creative teams in theatre, cabaret, or music groups and bands has received much critical acclaim.
'The five-piece band is simply outstanding and driven by a first-rate MD in Chris Guard'
From playing in rehearsal rooms, orchestra pits, live gig venues, and recording studios, Chris has grown to be a reputable session musician. He is a seasoned pianist and keyboard player, and his additional work on bass guitar, drums, percussion, and vocals have also contributed to the success of many projects he has worked on.
'The quintet are tight, expertly conducted by a pianist making up for lack of bassist with a careering left hand'
Either behind a keyboard or on a podium, Chris has had the pleasure of conducting various musical ensembles. He has conducted musical theatre orchestras, jazz bands, and a cappella vocal groups and is also an experienced piano-conductor.
'Musical director Chris Guard led his band perfectly. They were rambunctious from the very first note'
Personable, friendly, and with a passion for helping performers reach their potential, Chris has worked with several vocalists on a one-to-one basis on repertoire, performance, and vocal technique. He regularly offers advice and coaching on audition material and stylistic interpretation to performers both in the world of musical theatre and outside it.
'The company has been well drilled; the harmonies are spot on, and there is excellent diction even when many are dancing and singing at once'
ORCHESTRATOR AND ARRANGER
Orchestration and arranging have always been of keen interest to Chris, and his tailor-made charts for various styles have received high praise. He is also frequently requested to produce transcriptions and takedowns from audio recordings or workshops with performers.
'Chris Guard's musical direction is excellent with his tiny band of five'
West End Wilma
Chris is an experienced user of Sibelius, and has prepared music for various performers and clients. His fast and efficient work as a copyist, from piano vocal sheet music in a requested transposed key to full orchestral scores with formatted parts, ensures a consistently high quality result with a quick turnaround.