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, old‐fashioned and thorough – was the best possible teacher for me. As well as piano, he taught me music 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. Over the years I have volunteered as pianist for several amateur choirs and drama groups. 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.