Tragedy: Principal bassoon is killed by train

Tragedy: Principal bassoon is killed by train


norman lebrecht

February 11, 2016

Richard Chandler, associate principal bassoon of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in New Zealand was knocked off his bike and killed by a passing train as he rode along a footpath at a railway crosssing.

Richard, 52, studied at the Guildhall in London and was an accomplished pianist with a busy teaching practice.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

richard chandler


  • Stephen Endelman says:

    I remember Richard from Guildhall. We studied together. Shocking and very sad!!!

  • Marg says:

    My condolences to his family and friends. I often cycled that same road. Such a loss to the ChCh musical community too.