Christopher Gayford studied at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Timothy Reynish. He has worked with many major orchestras and opera companies, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as assistant conductor, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North and Scottish Opera.Internationally, he has taken part in master classes with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Ilya Musin and Peter Eotvos and competed in two international conducting competitions. In Cadaques, he won second prize, and in Besancon, joint first, leading to concerts in Spain, France and Austria.
As a founder member of the new music group Psappha, he was involved in education project work that now forms one of his chief areas of interest, and is at present working on a long-term audience development project based on listening; “feeling sound”. Chris has led a series of three "feeling sound" concerts at the Barbican with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducting Mozart's last three symphonies. Recently, he has been involved in a research project at Trinity College of Music with Professor John Sloboda, investigating listening and performance skills.