Colin Paris studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1974 to 1977 and in his final term at college was offered and accepted a position with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In 1979 Colin joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a position which he held for 2 years, leaving to pursue a freelance career during which he held the position of Principal Double Bass with the London Bach Orchestra.
In 1983 Colin joined the English National Opera Orchestra as Sub Principal Double Bass and moved to the London Symphony Orchestra in 1988. Colin has now worked with the London Symphony Orchestra for 25 years and holds the position of Co-Principal Double Bass. Alongside his work with the London Symphony Orchestra Colin is regularly works with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.