Born on the Wirral, England in 1971, my formal musical education began with learning cello aged ten. I performed as principal cellist of the Wirral Youth Orchestra under Anthony Ridley and also in chamber groups and as a soloist. Then inspired by the jazz of Miles Davis, I took lessons on the only brass instrument I could, tuba. I soon afterwards performed and toured with the Wirral Schools Brass Band.
My composing experience, however, began as a teenager when I borrowed a keyboard and sequencer from school and began imitating the electronic music of Jean-Michele Jarre and Tangerine Dream, among others. I borrowed vinyl records and CDs from the local library as well as conductor scores and immersed myself in all the music I could.
Since I came to faith in 1998 I have subscribed to conventional Western harmony in my work, holding to the view that God made music to adhere to divine laws, a “distinction in the notes” (1 Corinthians 14:7) and its purpose is to strengthen people, not frighten or confuse them! (see 1 Corinthians 14:26).
As well as my instrumental and orchestral works (which include six symphonies, an orchestral suite based on the life of Job, seven albums of computer jazz and two albums of ambient soundscapes), I have written words and/or music for around 1000 songs, many of which draw on my Christian faith and my study of God’s word.
I have broad experience performing my songs both as a soloist and with a band during worship and at live venues across London. My songs have also been performed and recorded by others.
I wrote the theme songs for the European Missions Conference of International Christian Church two years running, and in 2016 I wrote the songs and music for the premiere of playwright/director Deirdre Morgan’s production ‘Saul: Living by Faith’.
In 2017 I arranged my Symphony 1 for string quartet. The East London String Quartet will be premiering this work at Art of the Music in London on 22 July.