A classically-trained jazz pianist, with interests in performing, composing, and arranging, Chris studied at the Royal College of Music, London, in the late 1970s. His musical development saw him move from an accomplished classical player in the early 1980s to the jazz world, where he has built a reputation as an accompanist, arranger and composer.

As a classical/crossover player, Chris continues to perform publicly. Over the last few years he has played under the baton of John Rutter, Brian Kay, Ivor Setterfield and Hilary Davan Wetton. He also works as a continuo player and accompanist and coach to several London-based choirs. 

As a jazz player, he has a particular interest in working with singers and has performed at London venues such as the Vortex, the 606 club, the Spice of Life, and the Royal Festival Hall and Barbican foyers. His collaborations include Anton Browne, Clare Foster, Jenny Howe, Janet Penfold and Laura Zakian. His arrangements of well-known rock/pop standards have been critically acclaimed and feature on two albums: Alternative Arrangements, recorded with singer Anton Browne, and Second Take, recorded with singer Jenny Howe. 

As a composer, he writes both songs and film scores, the most recent of which was for the short documentary "L'esprit de l'escalier", produced and directed by Searle Kochberg. His compositional abilities also earned him a place in the 2009 BBC2 programme "Classic Goldie", in which he was featured alongside Ivor Setterfield assisting drum and bass artist Goldie in composing a classical piece for the Family Prom on the theme of evolution.