This page contains selected diverse compositions, and some I composed more recently. The page called ‘Portfolio‘ contains my complete works and my ragtime and straight piano works are located on their relevant pages. I am not a born composer with special gifts but I like to try my best to write music that has beauty in the traditional sense and I write purely for the joy it gives me and anyone else that cares to listen. I can only thank my heavenly Father (and my earthly one) that the gift of music has helped to shape my life in ways I could never have imagined with performing, teaching and composing. Someone recently suggested I write a Symphony. I haven’t the patience to write a Symphony although I understand the form. My Symphony would not rank with any great composer so I feel it would amount to an enormous effort for little reward. I can write and record a couples of minutes of orchestral music in an hour or two and feel mentally exhausted and need a day off. Symphonies are for the 19th Century (When composers knew the trade) So below is a video less than a couple of minutes. (No attention span any more!)
I began attempting composition as a child but I can only remember a few fragments of the ideas I had then. It wasn’t till I was in my early 30’s that my next door neighbour suggested I collaborate with him on a musical he had written for a Cambridge Theatre Company he was associated with. Eventually ‘The Mirror Beyond’ was performed in Cambridge and Peterborough and the Edinburgh Festival in 1982. I was travelling back and forth to the continent at the time but we still managed to write a pantomime (comedy) musical for radio called ‘Alice in Peterborough’. I had a recording studio with grand piano etc. in my basement so most of the work was finished on site. For some reason I stopped writing for 20 years, but after moving further north to Teesdale (Co. Durham) I gained some inspiration from the beautiful countryside and began writing piano and orchestral music often based on watery phenomena. I seem to write for 3 or 4 days frantically and then the flow suddenly stops. I may not write anything for a year or more and then the tap turns itself on again.