Chris joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1975 and after training was drafted to the Royal Yacht Britannia where he spent 10 years as a member of the band and leader of the orchestra. After completing the Bandmaster’s course in 1987 Chris was promoted through the ranks eventually becoming the Principal Director of Music in 2002, a position he held for the next 7 years. In 2006 after a period of research in composer/conductor collaboration he gained a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Salford. The research programme involved the commissioning and performance of new works by the composers Peter Graham, Martin Ellerby and Nigel Clarke resulting in the production of five commercially available CDs of contemporary wind band music performed by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.
Since retiring from The Royal Marines in 2009, Chris has been busy as a freelance conductor, clinician and adjudicator. In 2010 he adjudicated at the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall and has also conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a film score by the renowned English composer Nigel Clarke. More recently Chris has been the Associate Conductor to the ‘World Famous’ Brighouse & Rastrick brass band, conducting the band in many exciting projects throughout the country, including an association with the folk group the ‘Unthanks’, performing with them at the BBC2 Folk Awards and a colaboration with jazz trumpeter Mathew Halsall.
Chris is busy as a performer, playing violin in the 4Strings Quartet, which he enjoys immensely, working with former colleagues from the Band Service.
In June 2017 The Royal Marines Association Concert Band were delighted & honoured to invite Chris to be their new Director of Music. On this appointment Chris writes:
“This new challenge is something that has come at the right time, a chance to give something back, to enjoy music making with people who have high standards of musical excellence and who want to continue to produce those high standards for our loyal following. It is great to work alongside many of my former colleagues once again and I look forward to making a mark during this the next exciting opportunity in my musical career”.