Some things you might like to know about me.

*I was born in Nottingham where I was taught to play the piano and Bass Trombone and enjoyed singing in the local Baptist Church Choir where my Dad was Choirmaster. Over the years I have enjoyed playing in orchestras, wind bands, theatre bands, brass groups and Big Bands.

* I studied at London University (BMus) and Bath Spa University (MA in Contemporary Music and Culture, with composition as main study). I also have a diploma in Military Bandmastership from London's Royal College of Music and a diploma from the London College of Music.

* Three full length musicals were among my first compositions, written as a teenager for  the Baptist Church Youth Club.  These were followed by music for plays, recorders, orchestra, organ, brass band, choirs, Big Bands and Handbells.

* My 'Silver Celebration' and 'Birthday Rag' won National Competitions for new Handbell pieces and 'March of the Heroes'  (for Handbells, brass ensemble and timpani) was premiered at the International Handbell Symposium in Brisbane in 2006. My march 'Music Makers' was premiered by the Royal Doulton Band. In 2008 Bath Bach Choir commissioned me to write a carol for their Carols by Candlelight concerts and  'We come to tell the story' was premiered by the choir in December 2008.

 * The 'Dance Suite' for Junior Trombone Quartet won the British Trombone Society's composing competition and was performed in 2009 by the Black Dyke Band trombone Quartet.

*'Dance of the clumsy clowns' was premiered in December 2011 by Mark Glover (solo Euphonium) and the West Midlands Handbell Ensemble conducted by Richard Hartnell.

*'Rhythmic Rondo' for Bass trombone and piano was premiered in May 2012 by Jonathan Warburton (solo Bass Trombone) at a British Trombone Society event.

*My march 'Olympic Gold' (for Handbells, brass ensemble, timpani and side drum) was premiered at the International Handbell Symposium in Liverpool in 2012. The performance can be seen on Youtube - enter 'Handbell Symposium Liverpool 2012'.

* 'Autumn within' for SATB and piano received its first British performance by the Smithy Singers in April 2013.

* 'Bedtime for Band' was premiered by the Bath Community Big Band and soloists in June 2013.

* 'Rhythmic Rondo' for brass quintet was premiered by the Bespoke Brass Ensemble in July 2013.

* In February 2013 'Lullaby' for Soprano and jazz Clarinet was premiered at a concert in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by Suzanne Kompass and Sean O'Boyle.

* 'Olympic Gold' was played by the KIPRA Handbell Ringers at the 2nd. Hastings International Composers Festival in September 2013.

*Bathtime Boogie' was premiered by Bath Community Big Band and soloists at Farmborough Church, Somerset in May 2014.
 

*'Rhythmic Ragtime for string quartet' was premiered  by the Berekeley Quartet at PRS Headquarters, London in September 2015.

*'The Lake at Midnight' was premeiered  by the KIPHRA Handbell Ringers at the 3rd International Composers Festival at Bexhill on sea in Septmber 2015.

 * 'Dance of the Tumblers' was played at the 17th. International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, Canada in July 2016.

* In 2016 my 'Dance Suite for Bells' won 2nd prize in an international composing competition organised by The Handbell Ringers of Great Britain. 

* I spent over 35 years as a schoolteacher with 7 to 11 year old students, my School Wind Band winning an award in the National Finals of the McDonald's 'Child of Achievement' competition at Birmingham's NEC.  In 2000 my School Handbell Team were chosen to represent our city and played my music at London's Millennium Dome, and in 2002 I was a finalist in Classic FM's 'Music Teacher of the Year'.

* My music is published by Novello, EMI, Warwick Music, Broadbent and Dunn Ltd., HRGB and Mayola Music in England and Flagstaff Publishing Co., Emerson Music, The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Lorenz Publishing Company, National Music Publishers, High Meadow Music and From The Top Music in America. 

* Now retired, I'm still busy as a composer and arranger and enjoy playing Trombone with Bath Community Big Band.  I'm a member of the British Trombone Society and an active longbow archer with Bath Archers.

* I'm at my happiest when I'm with my wife Lynne, my 4 children and 5 grandchildren.