Colin R. Waller is a "Christian who is a musician", a distinction he likes to emphasise. He believes that music is a God given gift and has to be used in every form of both his professional and church life. He trained at the London Conservatoire "Trinity College of Music" (Now Trinity Laban) where he won various awards and competitions as a Conductor. A committed Christian from an early age he grew up at The Memorial Baptist Church, Plaistow where he directed and composed several musicals inspired by his faith. He went on to be a winner in the "Sing Good News" and BBCTV "Festival of New Hymns" songwriting competitions and has appeared on radio and TV as both an artist and Musical Director. He was part of several Christian Pop/Rock Bands including Joint Relay, Mustard and in the '90s "Crosstalk" in which he played alongside the renown drummer "Bob Armstrong" and was featured on several BBCTV "Songs of Praise" programs both as an MD and with "Crosstalk"! He also premiered three musical cantatas during this period "Go Tell" commissioned by the South Essex Baptist Federation, "Homing In" a video commissioned by the Baptist Union (Home Mission Dept.) and "Something beyond the Star" which was later developed into a stage musical receiving its premier at the Palace Avenue Theatre Paignton.
One of the highlights of this career was the UK Premier of his rock-anthem "Long Live The King" at "Prom Praise" in the Royal Albert Hall, London featuring John Langley and supported by Full Symphony orchestra and choir. In 1999 he was appointed Director of Music & Worship at the renown "Upton Vale Baptist Church" in Torquay Devon taking over from Dave Peacock. Now retired he has more time to devote to his wife who has Alzheimers and to the new album projects although still plays an active part in the musical life at UV.
He has an eclectic repertoire of music using many established songwriters material as well as his own in Worship events, plus developing modern arrangements of many of the great "Hymns of the Church"! Colin often cites Michael W. Smith, Bryn Haworth and Ron Kenoly as great influences on his musical styles but also enjoys developing the "Prom Praise" ethos (Noel Tredinnick) of Symphonic Praise. A keyboard player and guitarist (as well as French Horn and drums!!) he is keen to encourage young players in workshops. He still gigs and please refer to the booking page for further information.