Christopher Newport was born in Lincoln only a few miles from RAF Scampton, the home of the famous 'Dambusters' 617 Squadron. He was immersed in music from an early age, his father being organist of the Central Methodist Church and his mother a keen amateur musician.
Piano lessons began at about the age of eight and, on entering Secondary school, he joined the school orchestra as a percussionist. He was reliably informed that the piano was not in great demand but percussion players were needed - his mind was made up - after all, how difficult could it be to hit something?! He soon learnt that it was not so easy!
By the age of thirteen Christopher was looking to move away from the 'shed builders' (as percussionists are affectionately known) so he took up the French Horn. This was an instrument his father had dabbled in and, as luck would have it, there was one left in the school music cupboard.
After finishing school Christopher entered the Royal Academy of Music in London to study with the eminent horn teacher, James Brown O.B.E. During his four years at the Academy Christopher was involved in all types of music, playing in all the major college orchestras, studying history of music, harmony, orchestration, keyboard skills and conducting, both choral and instrumental and, whilst still a student ,worked with both the London Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.