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.
Christopher Ridley是英國皇家歌劇院樂團首席定音鼓手及打擊樂手。年輕時獲得英國皇家音樂學院的獎學金，畢業後加盟英國多間交響樂樂團及意大利歌劇院，曾前後累積四年時間在意大利米蘭斯卡拉大劇院（TeatroallaScala）裡演奏，並曾於 Schleswig Holstein Academy 及 Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester 擔任首席定音鼓手。