In 1963 Chris taught himself to play alto saxophone, and then took up tenor, soprano, baritone, and also the comparatively rare alto clarinet.
From 1970-73 Chris played with NYJO, as well as doing gigs with various other London based bands of that period, including Redbrass. During the seventies Chris worked with several notable jazz musicians, including Harry Beckett, Chris McGregor, Andy Sheppard, Graham Collier, Dave Holdsworth, and Pete Jacobsen.
In 1979 Chris formed a long-term association with Mike Westbrook, making outstanding contributions to many of Westbrook’s projects, notably the brass band (Bright As Fire), the orchestra (The Cortege and On Duke’s Birthday), and the trio (A Little Westbrook Music and Love For Sale).
From 1983 Chris also worked with Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (Country Cooking) and has subsequently established a regular touring regime with many differing aggregations.