Christopher was born in Gloucester in 1952 and received his musical education at New College, Oxford, and the Royal College of Music in London.
During his student years he gained the A.R.C.M. and F.R.C.O. diplomas, in addition to receiving first prize in the Incorporated Association of Organists Competition in 1974.
For six years he lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, combining the post of Assistant Cathedral organist with teaching and conducting a choral society.
In 1983 he moved back to England where he is active on a self-employed basis.