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“Chris Whybrow’s sound design — crystal clear and yet beefy and bold — is an integral element for the success of the production.

Daily review – Sydney, Australia

“The sound balance is excellent: you can hear all of Billie Joe Armstrong’s lyrics even on the odd occasion when you rather wish you couldn’t.”

4**** The Independent

“Delivers an energy and sound that is rarely seen in the West End.”

jonathanbaz.com

“Chris Whybrow’s sound ensured that lyrics were always clear and the balance between voice and orchestral texture perfectly poised.”

Stephen Collins, livetheatreuk.co.uk

“Sound designer Chris Whybrow excels in technically delivering the perfect balance of music and voice through every number and dramatic sequence…. from the first opening of thundering drums of the Footloose theme you could tell sonically it was going to be good.”

behindthearras.com

“The quality of playing and the deft mixing make Kilworth’s sound design among the best on the circuit, and contribute enormously to the enjoyability of the production.”

stagereviews.co.uk

"Credit to Chris Whybrow's sound design which was perfectly balanced on this first night in Wimbledon”

jonathanbaz.com

“Electrifying production played with energy, spontaneity and passion” *****

 

 

“The sound balance – so crucial – is superb: not overbearing, but beautifully calibrated”

musicaltheatrereview.com

 

“Chris Whybrow’s sound design — crystal clear and yet beefy and bold — is an integral element for the success of the production."
Daily Review – Sydney, Australia

 

 

“A visual and audio feast for fans of the legendary Michael Jackson.”
Birmingham Mail

 

 

“Show-stopping Sound”
Bath, Gazette & Herald

 

 

“The sound is loud but doesn’t distort the really fine voices of the singers, so three cheers for the sound designer, Chris Whybrow”
5***** playstosee.com

 

 

“The songs are great and the singing and dancing is outstanding, it also has the best live band I've heard in a theatre for a long time”
Tony Blackburn

 

 

 

“It's all laid down with tremendous funk and fusion of lights, sound and dance moves.”
Micheal Coveney, The Independent

 

 

“Mounted on a colourful set with plenty of eye-popping CG visuals and a zappy, effective sound design by Chris Whybrow, the cast of artists from UK, Australia and the US all exuberantly bumped and grinded their way through MJ’s famous hits”
stagewhispers.com.au – Brisbane, Australia.

 

 

 

“The Live band at this production is exceptional with an ‘arena’ feel sound-system offering the full Jacko experience”
celebrityradio.biz

 

 

 

“It arrives with genuine West End production values – the sound is phenomenal, the dancing sensational, the lighting awesome, and the Pavilion stage has never seemed so big, impressive, and utterly dazzling”

Southern Daily Echo

 

 

 

 

Winner of BWW 2015 Award for Best Sound Design in a New Production

 

“The sound balance is excellent: you can hear all of Billie Joe Armstrong's lyrics even on the odd occasion when you rather wish you couldn't.”
4**** The Independent

 

“Delivers an energy and sound that is rarely seen in the West End”
jonathanbaz.com

 

“The band and ensemble sound exceptional”
4**** What's On Stage

 

 

“The delivery of the songs, the sound of the live band – all of it brimming with authenticity and anarchy. The creative team have definitely done their homework”
bargaintheatreland.com

 

 

“And it’s loud, although the sound team deserve a mention for the clarity and quality of the production”
musicaltheatrereview.com

 

 

 

“The quality of playing and the deft mixing make Kilworth’s sound design among the best on the circuit, and contribute enormously to the enjoyability of the production”
stagereviews.co.uk

 

“Even the band, packed into a tiny marquee beyond the stage, spares no grandeur in the arrangements, and sounds fantastic”

musicaltheatrereview.com

"Philip Whitcomb’s set along with Chris Whybrow’s well-crafted sound design ensure all the action is both seen and heard as the sun sets behind the trees"
Jonathan Baz - mytheatremates.com

 

 

“Sound designer Chris Whybrow excels in technically delivering the perfect balance of music and voice through every number and dramatic sequence…. from the first opening of thundering drums of the Footloose theme you could tell sonically it was going to be good”
behindthearras.com

 

“Perfect clarity”
mancunion.com

 

 

“What makes musical productions so outstanding in this venue is that there are no walls to contain the sound. It swells and expands like something let loose into the atmosphere.”  “Just couldn’t be bettered – sheer joy from start to finish”
***** The Stage

 

 

“Chris Whybrow’s sound ensured that lyrics were always clear and the balance between voice and orchestral texture perfectly poised”

Stephen Collins, livetheatreuk.co.uk

 

 

 

 

“The band sounds fantastic”
stagereviews.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

“The performance of 'Thoughly Modern Millie' was outstanding, from the live orchestra, who where perfectly tuned, who could be heard perfectly by the amazingly clear sound system, it was hard to believe you were in the middle of a forest”
TripAdvisor User

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Chris Whybrow, Sound Designer

Chris’s interest in sound began from a young age compounded by spending two seasons with the National Youth Theatre working on The Threepenny Opera and Immaculate Conceit (The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith).

He has worked in various fields of the sound industry, working with artists such as Maximo Park, Dawn Penn, Julian Marley, Gregory Issacs, Hard-Fi, The Futureheads, Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay, Dizzie Rascal, Lemar, Kano and Snow Patrol amongst others, and also with Orchestras such as the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic.

Chris has worked extensively throughout the world, his most recent design credits include:

Thriller Live (West End, Worldwide Theatre/Arena Tours); American Idiot (Arts Theatre, West End & UK Tour) Winner of BWW Award for ‘Best Sound Design’; Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kilworth House Theatre); West Side Story (Kilworth House Theatre);, Footloose (UK Tour), Legally Blonde and Singin’ In The Rain (Kilworth House Theatre), 20th Century Boy The Musical, (UK Tour & Coventry, Belgrade), Sleeping Beauty (New Victoria Theatre, Woking), Dick Whittington (Stoke, Regent Theatre), South Pacific and Sister Act (Kilworth House Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Aylesbury, Waterside), My Fair Lady and Anything Goes (Kilworth House Theatre), Peter Pan (Manchester Opera House), The Sound of Music and Me and My Girl (Kilworth House Theatre), Christmas with the Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas (Wyndham’s Theatre, London), Little Shop of Horrors, The Pirates of Penzance and Guys and Dolls (Kilworth House Theatre), The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas (The Adelphi Theatre, London)

Other Credits include: Sentebale,Kensington Palace; UCI 2016 Track Cycling World Championships; Canon EXPO Paris 2015, Wella Hair Show, Berlin 2015; JLR F-PACE Loop,Frankfurt 2015; BAKU European Games HAA Arena; Opening & Closing Ceremonies Invictus Games 2014; Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Warwick Castle; Jaguar XE Car Launch Earls Court; Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games; London Mela Festival; The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Warwick Castle; Alton Towers Live; London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics, Velodrome; A Night At The Opera (UK Tour); Dancing in the Streets (Munich, Scandinavia & UK Tour); Swan Lake on Ice (UK Tour); What a Feeling (UK Tour); Sweet Soul Music (UK Tour); The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas (UK Tour); Vega 4 (Ireland & UK Tour); Hybrid (Global Gathering); John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (UK Tour); Glen Campbell (UK Tour); The Bodyrockers (UK Tour)

CURRENT & RECENT PRODUCTIONS
  • Wonderland – UK Tour
  • Thriller live – West End, Worldwide Theatre & Arena Tours
  • American Idiot – Arts Theatre, West End & UK Tour
  • Thoroughly Modern Mille – Kilworth House Theatre
  • West Side Story – Kilworth House Theatre
  • Footloose – UK Tour
FURTHER CREDITS
  • Legally Blonde and Singin’ In The Rain (Kilworth House Theatre)
  • 20th Century Boy The Musical (UK Tour & Coventry, Belgrade)
  • Sleeping Beauty (New Victoria Theatre, Woking)
  • Dick Whittington (Stoke, Regent Theatre)
  • South Pacific and Sister Act (Kilworth House Theatre)
  • Sleeping Beauty (Aylesbury, Waterside)
  • My Fair Lady and Anything Goes (Kilworth House Theatre)
  • Peter Pan (Manchester Opera House)
  • The Sound of Music and Me and My Girl (Kilworth House Theatre)
  • Christmas with the Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas (Wyndham’s Theatre, London)
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • The Pirates of Penzance and Guys and Dolls (Kilworth House Theatre)
  • The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas (The Adelphi Theatre, London)
  • Sentebale, Kensington Palace
  • UCI 2016 Track Cycling World Championships
  • Canon EXPO Paris 2015, Wella Hair Show, Berlin 2015
  • JLR F-PACE Loop, Frankfurt 2015
  • BAKU European Games HAA Arena
  • Opening & Closing Ceremonies Invictus Games 2014
  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Warwick Castle
  • Jaguar XE Car Launch Earls Court
  • Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • London Mela Festival
  • The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Warwick Castle
  • Alton Towers Live
  • London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics, Velodrome
  • A Night At The Opera (UK Tour)
  • Dancing in the Streets (Munich, Scandinavia & UK Tour)
  • Swan Lake on Ice (UK Tour)
  • What a Feeling (UK Tour)
  • Sweet Soul Music (UK Tour)
  • The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas (UK Tour)
  • Vega 4 (Ireland & UK Tour)
  • Hybrid (Global Gathering)
  • John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (UK Tour)
  • Glen Campbell (UK Tour)
  • The Bodyrockers (UK Tour)

CONTACT CHRIS