We remember Christopher McMullen-Laird, conductor, musician, violist (by his own admission), colleague, friend, loving husband son and brother. He brought joy to everyone he came into contact with. His musical skill (which abounded) aside, perhaps most importantly Chris challenged the cynicism that runs deep in the musical profession by bringing a positive attitude to everything he did, by building up and not tearing down, by never judging people for what they couldn't do but celebrating them for their strengths. And he did all this with a welcoming smile and his infectious energy. No matter how hard a day he was having, he always had a ready ear and a smile for anyone. His eagerness to help and care for everyone has left all who knew him with the fondest of memories.
For those that would like to share a memory, photo, video, or a message of condolence to Chris’ family then this space is open to all. He touched all of our hearts and we thank you, Christopher, for the many smiles and laughter. RIP, our friend.