News of 2017

Since I have not posted for nearly a year I’m going to list events. I had a surprise just before all my 2016 Christmas Concerts – I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was no big deal though – I had the operation, & nearly a month of radiotherapy I’m fine, (& very lucky)


I wrote wind quintet Rhapsody & Riff, & the piano transcription of Zoo Tales, & had the operation.


My ‘Q the Music‘ & ‘Trialogues 3‘ was performed by Myriad Wind Quintet at a London Composers Forum concert in Putney. I started teaching myself the tenor horn, & had radiotherapy every day.


I wrote some music – can’t remember what, & decided it was time to give up teaching. I also reduced the orchestration of Zoo Tales from chamber orchestra to string 4tet & 2 wind.


Went to the Vibe Clarinet fest, & sold quite a few of my clarinet works.


I visited several schools to help them prepare for the Zoo Tales performance.


4 performances of Zoo Tales in Ealing schools, conducted by Lee Marchant, & featuring hundreds of children , & string 4tet, either a clarinet or an oboe, & me playing alto sax & treble recorder. Many thanks to my team of adult volunteers.


I played in the orchestra for the Ealing production of Noyes Fludde with hundreds of children, conducted again by Lee Marchant. I also wrote music for the English Brass Academy course in Croatia.


My Fanfare for Celebration was performed by Regent Brass in an open air concert at Westminster Abbey Gardens, & I went to Dartington, where I played baritone sax in the wind band, & big band. The wind band played two movements of my ‘Concerto Grosso‘ & the brass ensemble in which I played tenor horn , performed my arrangement of the Purcell Chaconne, with Paul Archibald’s excellent arrangement of the Prokofiev ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

Welcome 2015

In the first 3 months of 2015 I’ll be :- 1/ Planning the performance of my ‘Rainbow Island’ involving the 400 kids of Berrymede Junior, singing & playing recorders with an adult orchestra on March 25th. There is a tentative plan to perform this work again with several schools in the Summer. 2/ Preparing for the performance of the orchestral version of ‘Dave the Musical Caveman’ (i.e. without the songs) in Dorchester with Dorset Chamber Orchestra & Martin Clunes, on March 7th 3/ Playing baritone sax at Shea Lolin’s Woodwind orchestra day in London on January 31st. 4/ Rehearsing ‘Elegy’ the chamber orchestra piece I wrote for Ealing Chamber Music Club members to perform at the memorial concert for Anthea Sharma, who passed away in the Autumn of 2014. 5/ Completing ‘All sixes & sevens’ the work I’m writing for London Composer’ Forum Concertante project, to be performed by London Contemporary Orchestra. Happy New Year everyone. I’m looking forward to making music with you in 2015.