Top orchestra player named as killed cyclist

Richard Chandler (Christchurch Symphony Orchestra)
Richard Chandler (Christchurch Symphony Orchestra)

The cyclist who collided with a train this morning in Christchurch was a member of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

He was 52-year-old Richard Chandler.

Mr Chandler died after a collision with a train at the Fendalton Rd railway crossing around 8am today.

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He was well-known in the community and was the associate principal bassoon in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO). His orchestra profile says he began studying bassoon at the age of 11 and first played with the CSO in 1983.

Mr Chandler was also an accomplished pianist and piano tutor, based in Fendalton.

A spokesperson from the CSO says Mr Chandler was an amazingly-loved person and would be sorely missed.

Police are still investigating to determine how the incident happened. They said it appeared the barrier and signals were working at the time.