I showed an early aptitude for music, and I am very grateful to my parents for arranging piano lessons for me from the age of six. My teacher Stuart Thyne was the best possible teacher for me: scholarly and thorough, he developed my ear, taught me musical theory as well as piano, and encouraged composition. He was also one of the few people who really understood me.
In addition to piano, I play organ and clarinet. I have a tenor voice and I sing in two choirs.
I have composed a number of pieces, but I have never had anything published.
I recorded the following performances when I was 10 years old:
- Dance for Fiona (my own composition)
- Dancing Tune (Malcolm Arnold)
- In Yugoslav Mode (Béla Bartók)
- March in D (J S Bach)
Here are performances of some of my adult compositions:
- A lone gamba tune (cello and piano, composed in memory of Angela Beaumont)
- English March (for synthesiser)
- Go forth and tell (“composed improvisation” for piano solo)
- Jesu Joy Rag (piano solo)
- Narrow Road (hymn tune)
- Promenade and March (piano solo, composed in memory of Graham S Morrison)
- Rhapsody on Tetris (piano solo)
- Variations on a too‐well‐known theme (piano solo)
- What will this child become? (baptismal introit)
- Wherewith shall I come? (short anthem for mixed choir, composed in memory of John‐Michael Murray)
- Word Made Flesh (carol for choir and piano)
And here are performances, by me as an adult, of other piano music: