Biography

Chris Perkins is a highly qualified Tutor.

Chris has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of London and a PGCE from the University of Oxford. He passed all of his grade exams and also performance diploma for drums with distinction! Chris has an up to date DBS check and also public liability insurance.

Chemistry

Chris was a graduate student at the University of Oxford in 1994 to 1995. His first teaching job was at Plymstock School, where he taught from 1995 to 1998.

Between 1998 and 2001, Chris taught chemistry and was Head of Lower School Science at Mount Kelly Independent School in Tavistock. Between 2001 and 2011, he was employed again by Plymstock School in Plymouth as Head of Chemistry. Since 2011, he has been self-employed as both a professional tutor and also a professional drummer.

Each year, Chris enjoys privately tutoring large numbers of A-Level chemistry students.  He also lectures chemistry at the PAHC within the University of Plymouth.

Drums

Chris began playing drums at the Northamptonshire County Music School at the age of 10. Here, he studied with Richard Coles who is  a former ‘BBC Big Band Drummer of the Year’ winner.

Early appearances include the World Youth Music Festival in Zurich in 1985 and the Youth Proms in 1986. Furthermore, Chris played for the Virtuosi GUS band between 1987 and 1989.

Chris has also played with rock bands, jazz bands and big bands. Additionally, he has played for the university orchestras of London and Oxford and various other symphony orchestras.

In London, Chris has played the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. London church performances include St. Martins in the Fields, St. Johns Smith Square and St. James Piccadilly. Since leaving London, Chris has also performed at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford and many other venues. More recently, he was a member of the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra for a number of years.

He now enjoys teaching drums to students with a wide range of abilities. Each year, he tutors music undergraduates at the University of Plymouth and helps them to prepare for examined recitals.

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