Biograghy

About

I am currently based in the Northwest as a peripatetic piano & guitar tutor at Westholme School, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Blackburn School of Music.  I perform on the piano & organ, giving concerts locally, including a 'Brief History of Jazz Piano' presentation at the Ribble Valley International Piano Week and The Ribble Valley International Jazz Festival. Following on from an organ scholarship at St Peter's Church  in Salesbury, I have been organist and director of music at Immanuel Church in Oswaldtwistle since 2012 and play regularly for churches in the Lancashire area. An active 'student performance' promoter,  as well as an accompanist for student instrumental exams, I enjoy performing with my teaching colleagues, being involved in several performance ensembles from duo’s to octet’s.

A little more about my earlier years: I started playing the piano at the age of six, and the guitar at eight, taking lessons from Paul Greenhalgh and Martin Roscoe (Piano), Peter Rose (Piano & Composition) and Neil Smith (Guitar). Whilst at  the Birmingham Conservatoire, I studied piano with Frank Wibaut and composition with John Mayor, winning a scholarship in my third year.  I graduated majoring in Composition, and have since gained further performance and teaching qualifications. After graduating in 1993, I worked with Second Sight Productions (Birmingham) for a short while, writing music for documentary and educational productions and taught at various music services in both Birmingham and Dudley.

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Wedding music..

Student involvement in workshops..

Armistice day choral mass..

Composing, not playing..

Time at university..

School work..

A new year..

Peace and tranquillity when walking in Lancashire..