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I was born in 1962 in Herefordshire, UK, a county I still love for its quiet natural beauty.
I was a chorister at Hereford Cathedral, which gave me a brilliant musical education - approximately 12 practices and 8 services a week, including 3 services every Sunday.
From my early teens I loved improvising at the piano and writing music. I spent many hours listening to modern classical music on Radio 3 (and to John Peel’s evening show on Radio 1!) I studied organ with Roy Massey, the cathedral organist, passing the A.R.C.O. organ diploma at the age of 17.
I was a pupil at Hereford Cathedral school, then organ scholar at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University. I have a BA (1st class) in Music from Oxford.
In the last 5 years I have focussed mainly on writing classical choral music, particularly sacred works. This has included many commissions, especially for Gloucester cathedral, as well as works for the choirs of Worcester cathedral, and recently my home town of Hereford (a Christmas carol for 2019.)
In 1991 I married Claire McDonald and we settled in Worcester. Claire is a fiddler from Scotland and my love of folk music has grown over the years as a result of our playing together. I have written a lot of pieces for us to play, particularly with our band Kings & Folk.
We have 3 sons: James, David and Michael. James is a professional musician working in London; his work so far has included being part of the electronic dance music duo NVOY.
I enjoy listening to many different kinds of music – from medieval to modern classical, jazz to electronic dance music - and this is reflected in my teaching work, both privately and at Worcester Sixth Form College. I have also written pieces for pupils, mostly small jazz pieces, including Happy Day, which is in the ABRSM Grade 1 Piano Syllabus for 2019-20.
|When not sitting at a piano I love being out in sunshine, fresh air and good countryside, especially walking on the Malvern Hills. Many of my folky compositions are inspired by my love of the countryside and this is often reflected in their titles. |
I also like reading: particular favourites include Dickens and Tudor history, and I seem to have a fondness for old things such as stone circles, cathedrals, country pubs and churches.