Chris Long is a contemporary printmaker and an award winning composer based in Royal Leamington Spa in the UK.

Chris graduated from the University of Liverpool with a first class degree in fine art and music, gained his Masters degree in composition from the University of Newcastle and his PhD from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

As a printmaker he works mainly with relief and intaglio collagraph techniques. He is a published composer and a British Composer Award winner.

He is Director of Music and Performing Arts and a Senior Leader in Education at a school in the West Midlands.


Awards and Honours

International Juror, 12th Miniprint of Kazanlak 2024

First Prize in Experimental Printmaking, 11th International Miniprint of Kazanlak 2023

Making Music Best Creator special mention 2021

British Composer Award 2006

Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust grant, 1996


Recent Exhibitions

44th International Miniprint of Cadaques - Spain, June 2024

‘Harmony’ - LSA Art Room, Leamington Spa UK, March 2024

‘Small but Mighty’ - Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), Bankside Gallery, London, November 2023

International Miniprint Cantabria - Spain, 2023

‘Refections’ - LSA Art Room, Leamington Spa UK, September 2023

Southbank Printmakers Miniprint Exhibition - London, 2023

Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition - Japan, 2023

43rd International Miniprint of Cadaques - Spain, 2023

11th International Contemporary Miniprint of Kazanlak (First Prize, solo exhibition) - Bulgaria, 2023

14th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition - Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, USA, 2023

Group exhibition, Temperence Bar, Leamington Spa, UK, 2023

'Time and Place’ - LSA Art Room, Leamington Spa, UK, 2023

‘Deadly Sins’ - LSA Art Room, Leamington Spa, 2023

‘Spring Exhibition’ - LSA Art Room, Leamington Spa, UK, 2023

‘Love’ - LSA Art Room, Leamington Spa, UK, 2023

‘New’ - LSA Art Room, Leamington Spa, UK, 2022

‘Winter Exhibition’ - LSA Art Room, Leamington Spa, UK, 2022

‘Less is More’ - Eastgate Studios, Beverley, UK, 2022


Performances and Commissions

‘Sing One Voice’ - for choir and piano, commissioned by the Hampton Singers, and first performed Henley in Arden, 2022

‘The Pale Blue Dot’ - for orchestra, composed for the Kensington Symphony Orchestra, first performed at St John’s Smiths Square, 2019

‘Songs of the Soul’ - for choir, composed for Ex Urbe Chamber Choir, first performed Henley in Arden, 2019

‘Clarion’ - for orchestra, composed for the Leamington Chamber Orchestra, first performed at Leamington Spa Town Hall, 2018

‘Farewell’ - for brass band, composed for Brackley and District Band, first performed in Towcester, 2016

‘Koinonia’ - composed for mixed choirs and percussionists, commissioned as part of the Cultural Olympiad, first performed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 2012

‘Lie Still and Sleep’ - for choir and organ, commissioned by Worcestershire Arts for Worcestershire schools choir, first performed at Worcester Cathedral, 2008

‘O Lord, Remember’ - for choir and orchestra, composed for the City of Birmingham Choir, first performed by the CBC and the CBSO, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 2006

‘Where Angels Play’ - for cello, clarinet and percussion, first performed by Lontano, Purcell Rooms, London, 2000

‘Boxes’ - for solo trombone, first performed at Mersey New Sounds Festival, Tate Liverpool, 2000

‘Caprice’ - for solo cello, first performed by Philip Shepherd at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, 1998

‘Promenade’ - for orchestra, first performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Cardiff, 1998

‘Partita’ - for orchestra, first performed by the Orchestra of Opera North, Dewsbury Town Hall, 1996

Graduate Exhibition - Liverpool University, 1994



Choir and Organ Magazine, 2007 (interview)

SPNM New Notes, 2007 ‘Composing for Amateurs, a Professional Opportunity’



BBC Radio 3 Music Machine, Designs on the Cello, 1998



‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad World of New Music’ - Making Music conference, Royal Northern College of Music, 2007