Aspire Award winner
with over 3 million hits

12 January 2018

Chris's band NIRIS, a contemporary band with a classical sound, will be touring in 2018.

Aspire Award winner ChrisChris, 21, from Romford, Essex, applied for funding through our Aspire Awards scheme. He is a part of an instrumental duo, who with band member Nick, play the piano and classical guitar. Chris brings alive his rhythmic and flamenco playing skills along with an ability to capture the audience with his raw emotion. Currently, his band NIRIS have over 3 million plays on Soundcloud with a large social media following.

Chris applied for ‘ Your Career’ Aspire Award funding last year after seeing the difference it made for his mother, Jane, the previous year. She applied for funding towards becoming a fully qualified swimming teacher.

“The equipment is amazing! Such a game changer and has helped us out massively with live performances! ” Chris

He was using his laptop as a way of producing modern effects, which proved to be too restrictive in what he was trying to achieve. Therefore, he used the funding to purchase an acoustic guitar and multi effect pedals.  This has made his stage career a lot easier, helping him develop as an artist and showcasing what musicians can produce in the modern era.

Good luck Chris! We look forward to seeing how NIRIS get on in 2018!

How to apply for an Aspire Award

You can apply for an award throughout the year.

Applications are currently open and the closing date for this round of reviewing is 15 January 2018.