I’ve composed music since childhood, but became Head of Music in Comprehensive schools, and more recently downsized to Junior schools, where I still run recorder orchestra and organise events and concerts.
I enjoy writing music for choir, orchestra, symphonic wind band, brass band, and ensembles large and small, and chamber music for a variety of instrumental combinations. Over 60 works, ranging from duets to large wind band, are published by Egge-Verlag, Forton, and Studio. I’ve also written 9 books, including one on world music for Cambridge University Press.
Much of my wind music is used for courses and Summer schools, and I’ve been composer-in-residence for Leipzig Bassoon Festival twice, and for a course in southern France five times. My music is used at Dartington Summer School, and by English Brass Academy, with whom I’ve been to Croatia twice. I’ve also written for Dorset Chamber Orchestra for the last ten years.
I particularly enjoy creating musical stories, in which hundreds of children perform songs, recorder and percussion pieces with an adult orchestra. My aim as a composer is to carry on writing works which people enjoy performing.
Trialogue No. 3
for flute oboe and bassoon