Part of a large musical family (both parents were professional musicians), Chris was a chorister at Brompton Oratory throughout his childhood, also performing in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and with the Merton Youth Orchestra.
He grew up learning the cello and piano, gaining a music scholarship to both senior school and Edinburgh University where he studied composition under Edward Harper and Kenneth Leighton.
After living and working in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he spent a decade creating scores for theatrical productions, film and television, working as both a composer and musical director, learning to write and arrange music for a wide variety of situations, styles and ensembles.
An experienced teacher, he enjoys also working freelance as a composer and performer. He is wholeheartedly committed to inspiring the next generation of young musicians as well as championing the reintroduction of our much-undervalued folk music tradition into both the school curriculum and our national consciousness.
He is a highly regarded songwriter and lyricist who often writes for (and sometimes performs with) the Devonian folk roots duo ‘Show of Hands’, as well as performing live in venues and festivals throughout the UK, accompanying himself on guitar, piano accordion, mandocello, cello or keyboard. Chris is also an outstanding conductor and choral leader, having directed choirs in concerts and church services all over Britain.
‘Chris’ music is beautifully crafted – rich in imagination – rich, too, in years of experience, which has resulted in finely written, characterful music.’ (Richard Allain)
‘One of the best composers and songwriters around for young singers and performers. His pieces are varied, eminently musical and hugely enjoyable.’ (Dr Oliver Leaman, Director of Music, Blundell’s School)
‘Chris’s choir pieces are such a joy to sing – every part is ‘singable’ and beautifully crafted. We love his work and so do our audiences.’ (Sandra Smith, Musical Director of ‘The Lost Sound’ – Dartmoor Folk Choir)
‘The greatest unknown songwriter in Britain’ (Steve Knightley, Show of Hands)