Welcome to my website...

I’m a former military musician. I had a long career in the British Army (25 years), where I was lucky enough to serve with some fine bands. .

Conducting

The first twelve years of my career in the Army were spent playing trombone and piano in the Band of the Blues and Royals, and for the final ten years I worked as a Bandmaster. The intervening three years were spent studying and learning at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall - a very rigorous environment.

The most useful skills I took away from this training included the development of a strong conducting technique, an appreciation of musical analysis, and a good level of experience in orchestration..

Teaching

In 2010 I retired from the Army. I made a decision to try and give youngsters the musical skills required to access the incredible opportunities that I have encountered as a musician. I teach brass, piano, conducting composition and theory of music.

Since retirement, I have become progressively more involved with amateur music making. I have seen many conductors who, often through no fault of their own, not only have little idea of how to deliver the techniques needed to be a conductor, but expect the musicians in front of them to understand and follow them..

I believe that I can help in this area. I have delivered numerous workshops over the past few years, and these have gone a long way to help musicians achieve a much better understanding of the language of conducting. I am keen to continue with these workshops, and will happily discuss the needs of a conductor or ensemble.

Composing

Composition is an area of music that fascinates me and scares me in equal parts.  It is time-consuming, frustrating, irritating, thrilling, fulfilling, and utterly addictive.  Throughout my career in the army I have had many opportunities to write music for important occasions, and in 2010 I enrolled at Durham University to study composition with Richard Rijnvos, Sam Hayden, and Bennett Zon.

I left the army in 2010, and went into peripatetic music teaching for One Education Music in Manchester.  I graduated from Durham University in 2015 as a Master of Music in composition, and happened across an advert for Composer in Residence for the Bands of the Royal Oman Police (ROP) ; my application for the post was successful, and since moving here in January 2017 I've lived in the Al Khuwair district of Muscat, Oman's capital.   

The majority of my work for the ROP takes the form of writing marches, fanfares and other ceremonial music for the wind bands and the pipes and drums, although I do get involved with some teaching of analysis, orchestration and other composition-related subject areas.  Compositions written outside the military environment have included a quantity of chamber music recently, although I am currently working on the final movement of my Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra.

Scores of some of my recent compositions can be seen in pdf format, and heard as mp3 files on the Composition Tab. Unfortunately, most of the performances are not live, they are synthesized using Avid Sibelius program.