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Music management, record label

After a career in linguistics and language teaching, Christine became involved in hot air ballooning gaining her professional pilot's licence and instructor rating. In 1988, with the law about to change, she founded one of the first UK businesses offering balloon rides to the public. In 1994 she sold the business to Richard Branson and set up Virgin Balloon Flights with operations in Europe, Egypt, Oman and the UK. Leaving Virgin in 1997 she worked for a year as a business consultant to the activities specialist Red Letter Days. Convinced by the possibilities of the internet, she founded Jazzcds offering musicians a way of reaching a broader market. She also set up Basho Music working for jazz musicians as an agent and reviving Basho Records which had been founded in 1992 by her husband Max Steuer. Christine works on projects with a number of artists and manages young piano star Gwilym Simcock. She has produced a number of major tours including Kenny Wheeler's 75th and Mike Gibbs' 70th birthday big band tours, and is currently touring a project with children's Laureate Michael Rosen with the Homemade Orchestra. Basho Records has just released its 32nd album. www.jazzcds.co.uk www.bashomusic.co.uk www.bashorecords.com

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