Welcome to my site

I’ve been lucky enough to have had a long career as a musician, initially as a trombonist and pianist, but latterly as a conductor. Most importantly for me, I have often being tasked with composing pieces of music for important national events,  and some of these  compositions are still being played in high-profile performances today.  The chances to compose and have my music performed, have always been the most engaging and stimulating elements of my musical life, and I am extremely grateful for those opportunities.

My career as a full-time performer in the Army reached its natural conclusion in November 2010, and I made a definite decision after that, to deliver musical tuition to as many youngsters (and oldsters!) as possible, with a view to encouraging and inspiring them to seek out the opportunities available .

The close of my career as a performer gave me time to study composition with Richard Rijnvos and Sam Hayden, and this year (2015) I completed the degree of Master of Music through Composition at Durham University. My intention now is to continue my studies at Manchester University as a PhD student.

Some of my recent compositions can be seen in pdf score format, and heard as mp3 files. Unfortunately the sound files are not live performances; they are in fact computer generated through the Sibelius (version 7.5) programme. Although these files are inadequate for performance, they do give a general idea as to the nature of my music.