Christopher Ridley

Professorial Staff - Timpani


Email: [email protected]

Area of Work

Wind, Brass and Percussion Department


Chris grew up in Bedford and went to Bedford School where he was taught percussion by Lee Stanley. During that time he played with the Bedford Symphony, Sinfonia and Youth Orchestras. He gained a Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he was also principle timpanist of the Schleswig Holstein Academy and then the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester under Claudio Abbado. After studying with David Searcy in Milan, he freelanced with the major symphony orchestras in the UK and opera houses in Italy, culminating in playing for the Teatro alla Scala for 4 years. Chris was then invited to be Associate Principle Timpanist with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2008. Chris sings with All Saints Church Choir, teaches at Bedford School, and has given masterclasses in the UK and abroad.