It was a privilege to have known Chris, who joined my MMus class in September 2017\. He had just started postgraduate studies in London at the Royal College of Music. Chris stood out, even amongst his talented peers, because of the considerable musical and life experiences he had already accrued. He was always supportive of his peers and his work demonstrated the value he placed on teamwork. His MMus lecture recital, on ensemble memorisation, given in May 2019 was awarded a Distinction. Whilst I am certain that Chris could have developed this into an incredibly valuable doctoral project, I was delighted to learn of his appointment with the Jæren Symfoniorkester. I last saw Chris in February when he returned to the RCM as co-presenter of a fascinating session on performance practices in Elgar’s cello concerto. Thank you Chris for your integrity and enthusiasm, and for the ways in which your life demonstrated the importance of collaboration.