Christopher started piano lessons at the age of 4. Aged 8 to 11, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School, under the tuition of Valerie Eastham. Later, Christopher trained at the world famous Chetham’s School of Music, studying classical piano with Peter Lawson and jazz piano with Les Chisnall. During his time at Chetham’s he gave many classical and jazz performances with numerous ensembles, most notably ‘Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F’.
Since leaving education, Christopher has worked in the dance field, gaining a wealth of experience playing at some of the most respected dance establishments in the UK such as Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Elmhurst School for Dance, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and Central School of Ballet, to name but a few. Whilst working at Northern Ballet Theatre (UK), Christopher had the privilege to work with many world renowned choreographers and directors (including Gillian Lynne, Mark Godden, David Nixon) on many productions including Lynne’s ‘A Simple Man’, Nixon’s ‘Nutcracker’, ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and also working closely with Nixon and Claude-Michel Schönberg (famed for Les Miserables, Miss Saigon etc) on the revival of Schönberg’s first ballet commission ‘Wuthering Heights’.
Christopher’s musical tastes are very varied from early baroque, classical, romantic right through to modern jazz, musical theatre and popular music. This wide and varied musical interest led to him being in high demand as an arranger. His first work
for ballet appeared in Saddlers Wells (London) in 2009, a jazz ballet entitled ‘As Time Goes By’ with choreography by David Nixon.
Christopher also has a keen interest in music for dance education. He often works with establishments & companies, accompanying training classes in both Ballet and Contemporary disciplines.