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 – scholarly, oldfashioned and thorough – was the best possible teacher for me. As well as piano, he taught me musical theory, developed my ear, 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 am Director of Music and Organist at City of Edinburgh Methodist Church. I volunteer as pianist for Forth Children’s Theatre, and as rehearsal pianist for Lothian Hospitals’ Choir. I have a tenor voice and I sing in two choirs.
I have composed a number of pieces, but I have never submitted anything for publication.