Born in Bath, Somerset. Studied clarinet, piano and composition at the Royal College of Music (interrupted by National Service in the Band of the Irish Guards). During the 1960s he taught at Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire, beginning to compose in earnest after winning 2nd prize in the International Schnitgerprize Competition (Holland, 1964) with his organ work Variations and Passacaglia. From 1970 until his retirement in 1995 he taught at the RSAMD in Glasgow. Most of his compositions here have been written with students or colleagues in mind, and include chamber, vocal, choral, and further large-scale organ works.

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