I was born in Ashby-
I began to compose at an early age, and as a teenager became influenced by the music of Benjamin Britten, Luciano Berio and Alban Berg. I studied composition at Huddersfield Polytechnic with Richard Steinitz, who enabled me to develop a more refined and mature language. Postgraduate study was completed at King’s College London, The Royal College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire under Jeremy Dale Roberts, Edwin Roxburgh and Lamberto Coccioli.
I enjoyed a reasonably successful career as a composer, gaining performances from The Vega Wind Quintet, BBC Singers, Lontano, The Balenescu Quartet, Melinda Maxwell, Andrew Ball, The Composers Ensemble, RCM Symphony Orchestra, The Ionian Singers and RCM Chamber Choir.
This initial productive period was followed by long periods of silence, where sustained problems with my mental health and a substantial commitment to lecturing have proven detrimental. However, I am a pragmatist and, so, philosophical and remain thoroughly committed to music and creative musicianship. There was a brief flourish of activity from 2002 to 2009 where I found a new creative voice and received some wonderful performances from the BBC Singers, Jane Chapman, Elena Riu, Kathryn Tickell and SCAW.
My work as a writer began to develop after Launching Cloud Factory Publications Limited in June, 2014. There are currently seven works of musical analysis available on Amazon Kindle, with some substantial volumes in progress.
I live in a small village in Leicestershire with my wife and two cats and enjoy taking an active part in our small community, where I am church organist and pianist for the community choir. I now run a small teaching practice, Foxton School of Music Limited.
2018 London Ear Festival Composer’s Competition 22nd March
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