While I was at school, I wrote music. Playing instruments came later. My teachers suggested I attend Leeds University to study composition with Alexander Goehr. That was a great idea. I found his teaching inspirational and I'm still thinking about things he said today.
Playing took over and I wrote nothing for many years, but I started to write again a while back.
Esperanza for baroque oboe and harpsichord, was written for my partner, Gail Hennessy.
Steven seemed delighted with the harpsichord part so in 2016 I wrote him two pieces - one for harpsichord Flats, one for fortepiano.
A Distant Kiss was a present for Lucy Russell, first violinist of the Fitzwilliam Quartet.
I made a different version of that material for string quartet violin/viola/cello/double bass for the Robinson Panoramic Quartet.
Some keyboard pieces I wrote, Stepping Stones, I Remember, a piece in search of a title and Coragio (a piece I wrote for Trevor Pinnock's 60th birthday)
are all looking for a performance.
I'm looking forward to hearing Vender, unnaccompanied violin solo written for Miki Takahashi.
Pieces I wrote, and performed in recent years:
Esperanza - Gail Hennessy, baroque oboe & Steven Devine, harpsichord
A Distant Kiss for string quartet, played by the Fitzwilliam Quartet at several concerts since 2012.
A Distant Kiss in the Robinson Panoramic Quartet version played a few times now in Eire.
Flats for solo harpsichord performed by Steven Devine
Or Galon - a soliloquy for trombone against a drone, for Emily White (a musician to inspire other musicians). Premiered at the Tin Hut, Aberdeenshire and on the Welsh borders since then.