I was born in Leeds, attended Bradford Grammar School and went on to read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, where I sang in my college chapel choir and played violin in the university musical society orchestra. I am married to Imogen, whom I first met in Cambridge; we live in Exeter and have three grown-up children and three grandchildren.
Most of my working life has been in hospital management and planning, and for many years I was Director of Planning at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Active all along as a church musician, in the late 1980s I co-founded Adoramus, a project within in the Diocese of Exeter that promotes a contemplative style of music in worship, using particularly the music of the Taizé Community. I have been involved with the Parish of Central Exeter for many years, as well as visiting many other churches with Adoramus. In addition, I have had a long association with St David’s Church, Exeter, and was invited in 2012 to become their Director of Music. Most of my church music has been written for the choir and instrumental players at St David’s. I was also privileged to conduct the Exeter Chamber Choir in the first public performance of In the Stillness.
I have enjoyed a long collaboration with the poet Richard Skinner, who has provided the texts for many of my compositions.
My thanks are also due to composer and conductor Andrew Daldorph for his friendship, encouragement and professional guidance.