trained at the Royal College of Music
, studying composition under Herbert Howells
and conducting with Vernon Handley
. He later gained a first class honours degree at the Open University
, and went on to study with Vic Hoyland
at the University of Birmingham
. His compositions include choral works, two symphonies and an oboe concerto
, as well as chamber music and music theatre pieces. A number of works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3
, including the Second Symphony, a cantata - The Seagull - which was a BBC commission, and the Sonata for Oboe and Piano - A Welsh Bestiary.
Alongside his composing activities based mainly at his home in Mid Wales, he has held a number of teaching posts - including 11 years at The Purcell School - and has also been involved in other educational projects, such as the 4 volumes for Faber Music in the Superstart series in collaboration with violinist Mary Cohen. He currently teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and at the University of Birmingham, where he is engaged in research, and in the composition of a two-movement Piano Symphony.