VERY SAD NEWS | New Zealand Bassoonist Killed in Tragic Cycling Accident

Richard Chandler Chirstchurch Bassoon Died Cover

The New Zealand music community is this week mourning the loss of Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Associate Principal Bassoonist, Richard Chandler - who was killed on Thursday morning following a cycling accident.

The 52 year musician was riding his bicycle in Christchurch when he was struck by an oncoming freight train.

Police are yet to determine the circumstances which led to his death.

“Richard was a highly regarded and valued member of our orchestra, which he had played in for more than 30 years …. he will be very missed," Christchurch Symphony Orchestra spokesperson, Michelle Walsh has said.

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, in London he had been a member of the Christchurch ensemble since 1973 - and held a long-term teaching position at St Bede's Music College.

Our condolences are with Richard’s family, friends, colleagues and students.