I was born and grew up in north-west England. I studied the piano, clarinet and organ, and spent most of my leisure time trying to play Beethoven piano sonatas. The list of youth orchestras, wind bands, chamber groups and choirs in which I took part probably looks quite similar to that of most young, enthusiastic musicians.
I read music at The Queen's College, Oxford, where I held an academic exhibition and a choral award. I also took part in less formal worship music in some of the city churches. My own church compositions reflect this broad mix of musical traditions. After graduating, I studied as a postgraduate for four years at Reading University, specialising in music theory and analysis. I completed an MMus degree, and a PhD on Brahms's clarinet works.
Since then I have taught music, while continuing to pursue a variety of performing and composing activities. I spent several years working as a peripatetic woodwind teacher, before training as classroom teacher. I have taught in several secondary schools in Oxfordshire, and now work at Oxford High School as Director of Music. I continue to be involved in church music, and led the music at St. Matthew's Church, in south Oxford for over 20 years, before becoming Director of Music at St. Helen's Abingdon. I have an eclectic range of other performing interests, including conducting choirs, playing chamber music on the clarinet and piano, and occasional solo performances.
My compositions are a mixture of vocal pieces and music for woodwind. Many of my vocal compositions were written for use in services at St. Matthew's or St. Helen's, either for congregational singing, or for a choir or soloist. There are also some pieces on this site which were originally written for school choirs and orchestras. My compositions have won awards from the British Sound Recording Association (for one of the tracks in Wood and Wires) and from the judges of the Budleigh Carol Competition, in which my entry 'The Salutation was the winner. I was also short-listed in the Royal College of Organists/Orgelbuechlein Project composing competition.
Recent performances of my music have been given by Cantandum, Exeter University Chapel Choir, and the choirs of St. Pancras Church, and The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy.