From time to time, I try my hand at composition. I studied it in my first year at university and have taught composition at KS2, KS3, GCSE and A Level.
Please contact me if you would like a copy of anything for your personal use. Sometimes, I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a commission; mostly I compose for pleasure.
This is the earliest composition on display here. I created the incidental music for a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night when I taught Music at the Hertfordshire and Essex High School.
The suite was revised and expanded in 2004 for a production, when I taught at St. Albans High School for Girls.
This responsorial psalm setting was composed during lockdown, for use in St. Wilfrid’s Church, Harrogate.
It’s quite a miniature genre: a challenge, but fun, to attempt to say something original.
These responses were composed for a cathedral visit to Chester by the Choir of Ware Parish Church in 1998.
I’ve revisited and revised them since then and they have been sung at one of the RSCM Leicestershire festival services, by a church choir in the USA, and by the Choir of St. Peter’s Church, Bexhill-on-Sea.
Hinckley Choral Union invited me to compose this companion piece to my Nunc Dimittis.
Completed in 2011, it’s also scored for piano and mixed chorus. The style is rather more contemporary and edgy than the Nunc Dimittis: a muscular and lively Song of Mary.
I composed this in response to a commission from Hinckley Choral Union in 2010. The style is neo-Romantic and melody dominated.
By way of a contrast, I juxtaposed the Christian Song of Simeon (in Latin) with a poem by John Clare.
This is the first movement of incidental music composed for a pageant at St. Peter’s Church, Bexhill-on-Sea, in 2017.
It’s essentiallly a set of variations on the medieval carol Angelus ad Virginem.