twenty-one, I decided to enroll at night school and study for A-Level
music. Having attained top grades, I secured a place at Lancaster
University (taking composition as a first study under Edward Cowie)
from where a 1st class degree propelled me on to Churchill College
Cambridge (Masters in composition and analysis under Hugh Wood)
and then to Nottingham (Doctorate in composition under Nigel Osborne
and James Fulkerson).
the time I was completing my doctorate, I fell in love with adult
education work, offering music appreciation classes all over Nottinghamshire.
This work was immensely enjoyable - and a great education in itself,
requiring extensive reading, listening and preparation every week.
year or so later, the opportunity came up to teach BTEC and A-Level
music at the Coventry Centre for the Performing Arts. Having just
bought my first house, it was a steady income too good to turn down
and an ideal foothold for a career in higher education. It could
hardly have come at a better moment. The college was just about
to move into Higher National Diplomas and staff were invited to
come up with new courses and submit them for approval. I set about
designing an H.N.D. in music composition, the first of its kind
anywhere in the country, which was keenly accepted. In 1995 Coventry
Centre For The Performing Arts was taken over by Coventry University,
its H.N.D. courses converted into degrees and suddenly I found myself
heading up my very own degree course.
further career break came in 1998 when I was offered the post of
director of composition at Dartington College of Arts in beautiful
rural Devon, later being awarded the title 'Reader in Music Composition'.
In a strange repetition of history, Dartington was merged in 2008
with University College Falmouth, finally relocating to Cornwall
in September 2010. I continue in my role there as head of composition,
whilst continuing to pursue my freelance composition work.