Chris is one of the best known entertainers for children and families in New Zealand.
Since 1998 he has performed thousands of children’s shows both locally and around the globe. He has produced eight original albums of children’s songs, and more than 2.5 million people have seen him perform his music for kids live.
His children’s music videos have also aired regularly on mainstream TV for more than a decade.
Chris has been commissioned to write and perform children’s shows by the likes of Plunket NZ, Westfield, PORSE In-Home Childcare, World Vision NZ, Rainbow's End, Chamber Music NZ, Te Papa Museum, and Spark Digital ... just to name a few!
Suzy Cato, one of New Zealand’s most iconic children’s TV presenters, says:
‘The depth of Chris' creativity is matched only by the size of his heart. His love for what he does, and the families he does it for, shines through in every track and every performance.’
What follows is an extraordinary list of children’s shows that Chris is currently involved with!
Mr. Lam sam's musical mayhem show
In 2017 Chris created a fantastical new interactive children's show filled with surprises the whole family can enjoy!
Mr. Lam Sam's Musical Mayhem Show masterfully casts audiences down a rabbit-hole of hilarious entertainment in a show packed with all-in musical games, silly songs, a sprinkling of melodious magic, and plenty of prizes!
Whether you're looking to book some family friendly entertainment for a large public event, or something fun and memorable for a child's birthday party, this show is the one you need!
‘Masterful. It is a superb show ... humour, colour, excitement and flare ... entirely family-friendly.’
— Dave Treeby, Event Manager, Te Papa Museum
'Chris' style of fast paced comedy takes detours in completely unexpected directions ... which had me laughing at every turn!'
— Finn McCahon-Jones, Event Manager, Auckland City Limits
'LOVED what you were doing. The audience was raving. Thank you so much for being fantastic.'
— Lisa Moore, Event Manager, Queenstown Winter Festival
NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Chris has been performing and producing interactive education concerts for children with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 2016.
They have toured together presenting free programmes of well known classical music for families, including dynamic performances of Tane and the Kiwi, Roald Dahl's wicked rendition of The Three Little Pigs, Gregory Smith's The Animated Orchestra, and Prokofiev's beloved Peter and the Wolf.
In 2018, Chris co-produced and performed two Musical Menagerie family concerts in the Wellington Opera House, and two free school education concerts in the Michael Fowler Centre.
Their partnership continues in 2019 with their first education concert taking place in Blenheim.
THE SAILOR ASTHMA SHOW
Chris and Sailor The Puffer Fish have performed their unique half-hour musical show about asthma in almost 600 schools and early childhood centres since 2012.
Asthma Waikato originally commissioned Chris to develop a memorable and interactive show that could help curb the high number of asthma-related hospital admissions and preventable child fatalities each year.
In their first three years, Sailor and Chris were able to perform to over 50,000 children and their teachers in the Auckland, Waikato and Wellington regions.
Chris says, ’What I absolutely love about Sailor’s asthma show is that it empowers people of all ages. Children and staff who live with asthma can leave our show knowing how to manage their condition more effectively, and everyone else can leave knowing how to support those people, especially in an emergency.’
Thanks to the generosity of Sailor’s supporters, the show now remains 100% free for schools and ECE centres to book through Sailor's new custodians, the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation of NZ.
In 2019, the pair performed 130 shows from Bluff to Cape Reinga.
KIDS FOR KIDS
Since 2009 Chris has continued to work with thousands of kiwi kids around the country each year in his role as Musical Director for the long-time touring school choir show, Kids For Kids.
In 1994, the show began as an opportunity for schools across the nation to come together and sing in massed choirs. Fronted by acclaimed singer, Suzanne Prentice, OBE, the shows also promoted World Vision’s child sponsorship programme.
Today the shows are hosted by well known singer and kiwi performer, Jackie Clarke, MNZ, and acclaimed singer-songwriter, Nathan King.
Of the show, Chris says, ‘Kids For Kids has positively impacted tens of thousands of children’s lives both locally and internationally. For that reason alone I hope to be involved with Kids For Kids for many years to come.’
'Chris is an amazingly creative, warm and wonderful human being who chooses to put his considerable artistic powers into the magic realm of children's entertainment. He puts a lot of love and thought into all the work he does and delivers it with panache, incredible energy and skill. He is also funny, musical, a great communicator and a gifted performer. Kids just love him and adults think he's cool too — because he is!’
— Jackie Clarke MNZM, Performer
THE FUNKY MONKEYS
Chris is perhaps best known amongst kiwi families for his work with New Zealand’s very own musical supergroup for kids, The Funky Monkeys.
Between 2003-2016, Chris, and his fellow performers, Neil, Joe, and mascot, Dizzy Dog, have performed more than 900 live shows at events including the Royal New Zealand Show, and Auckland’s televised Coca Cola Christmas in the Park twice.
Chris says, ‘We began The Funky Monkeys at a time when most of the quality live children’s entertainment was being brought into the country from overseas. In the two and a half years we were a full time operation we performed live to over 1.7 million people. These days we call ourselves ‘mostly retired’, but when we do get together for a show it’s always a lot of fun.’
The Funky Monkeys have produced seven CD’s, two DVD’s, and won the inaugural APRA Children’s Music Video of the Year award in 2008.
‘Energy and entertainment to the max! These guys are world class. They had the crowd screaming, clapping and singing … and that was just the parents!’
— Jason Gunn, Children’s Television Producer
THE SMART WATER SHOW
In early 2018, Chris was commissioned by the Hamilton City, Waipa District, and Waikato District Councils to write and produce 'The Smart Water Show' - an interactive musical show promoting water conservation for preschoolers.
The show now tours to early childhood centres across the Waikato region, and a colourful music video of The Smart Water Song was produced by Taktix Films. In its first tour, each child received a bag of free take-home resources including shower timers, and teachers were given a free professional development session prior to the show visiting their centre.
A big thank you for all your efforts over the last few days. You are one in a million and Smart Water is very lucky to have you on board getting our messages out there in such an effective way!'
— Michelle Templeton, Hamilton City Council