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 at three different secondary schools in Oxfordshire, and now work at Our Lady's Abingdon as Director of Music. I continue to be involved in church music, and am Musical Director at St. Matthew's Church, in south Oxford. I have an eclectic range of other performing interests, including conducting Cumnor Choral Society, and playing chamber music in groups including the wind quintet Syrinx, the Polychroma Clarinet Quartet, the Cotswold Ensemble (a mixed ensemble that plays chamber music for strings and woodwind, with piano and harp), and Ensemble Ox, a contemporary music group.
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, either for congregational singing, or for a choir or soloist. St. Matthew's uses music from a broad range of styles and traditions, and has a group of musicians who are very happy to have demands made on their versatility - this versatility is reflected in some of the scores I have written for them. There are also some pieces on the 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.
Some of my recent instrumental compositions explore the possibilities of combining woodwind instruments with computer and recording technology. During my formative musical years I was completely indifferent to the possibilities of music technology, which in those days were fairly limited anyway. The process of training as a teacher, however, forced me towards a more curious and open-minded approach towards music and computers (like most teachers, I can learn a lot from my pupils). Most of the recordings on this site are products of a coming together of my interests in music technology with some of my longer-standing musical interests.
I live in Oxford with my patient wife and four energetic children.