Compositions

I have been composing for many years, mostly for piano.  I received a prize for my organ work, Prelugue in D (see videos below) and my piano pieces have been voted as winners (and runners up) of the international Fidelio Piano Composition Contest. (see number 54 and 83 in this list).  On this page you will find these pieces together with works for choir and string quartet.  I can help with all aspects of composition, including GCSE and A-level, and have detailed knowledge of many different styles.

Presently I am working on several books of piano pieces for the Tobias Matthay school in China (Enpei Qu) incorporating different styles to contrast with the very traditional Classical material which is mostly used.  Unfortunately I cannot circulate the sheet music; however if you are interested in you can listen to the pieces on Soundcloud.  The two books are themed on the idea of inventions for grade 5 and the weather grade 6-7.

 

Please click on the videos below to watch on this page or explore the audio tracks.  Don’t forget to stop one audio track before starting another!  Variations on a Noble Theme is for string quartet.

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Ballade for Emma (piano solo)

Variations on a Noble Theme features Kate Conway (violin), Michelle Taylor-Cohen (violin), Nina Kopinska (viola), Anterro Manocchi (cello).  Recording sponsored by Gordon and Alicia Menzies, the theme being their wedding music.

The Spinning Wheel (solo piano)

Stalactites and Stalagmites won first prize in an online competition hosted by fideliomusica.org in which participants voted for each other’s works in a series of different rounds.  A further short piano piece, Nocturne was also a finalist.  In recent years, Orbital Manouevres has also been a finalist (see videos at the top of the page).

Scores for all pieces are available on request.

Autumnal Sketches features the composer on piano, with Tom Philpott (viola) and Simon Macrae (clarinet)