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Chris West

Professorial Staff - Double Bass


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Area of Work

Strings Department
Christopher West - Trinity Laban Professorial Staff - Double Bass


Chris West is one of the few double bass players in the country to have reached the highest levels both as a soloist/chamber musician as well as in chamber orchestras, symphony orchestras, opera and film & TV sessions. This breadth of experience enables him to help students achieve their goals in whichever area of the profession they lie. His book Reaching The Heights – A Guide To Thumb Position on the Double Bass has been described as ‘an important contribution to the Double Bass technique repertoire’.

For over thirty years, Chris has appeared regularly as guest principal with many major UK orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Academy of St.Martin-in-the-fields and Britten Sinfonia and he can be heard on iconic soundtracks such as Downton Abbey, and Harry Potter films. His chamber music recordings have appeared on the RCA/BMG, Hyperion, Naxos and Somm labels.