close up of piano keysI started singing at the age of 11 in the choir of Birkenhead School and sang my first solo as the boy Nicholas in Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas Cantata at the age of 12. Whilst in the school choir various solos followed, particularly in my later teens as a bass, along with choir visits to sing in various locations such as Chester, Ely, Ripon, Norwich and St Albans cathedrals as well as Westminster Abbey, St George’s Hall and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. I spent a couple of years singing as a Bass 2 in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain (which included performing with George Shearing and The King’s Singers) and more recently some time singing as a Bass 2 in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Chamber Choir.

I first started playing piano at the age of 9, and to be honest back then I only enjoyed it slightly more than earlier attempts at learning the recorder, violin and guitar, standard rites of passages for youngsters at the time. I carried on playing the piano through my teens and university days, but it is only in more recent years that I have taken it more seriously.

My first music compositions were in my school years, and were mostly an anthem that was performed by the school choir and a number of pieces written at school for A-levels and then later at university. I then put composition behind me for a few years, before starting again to write some songs for a local church in the mid 1990s and then more seriously in composing music for piano since 2008.