Welcome to my home page, which I hope will amuse you. Born in Edinburgh, I come from a long line of professional musicians, the fifth generation out of six, and the third composer. At the embarrassingly early age of eleven, I completed my first three act opera, based on a Viking scenario, and then developed a two act Somerset Maugham musical on THE FALL OF EDWARD BARNARD. Neither of these has seen the light of day as yet, but the third teenage opera, a fifteen minute one act THE GODDESS OF THE MOUNTAIN was premiered at the EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE in 1972. The last of these teenage works, THE GLASS MENAGERIE (excerpt on OPERA page), was completed prior to leaving Scotland to study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where I was awarded the Wainwright Scholarship for composition. I completed my studies at the London Opera Centre.
Since then, my career has been schizophrenic, split between performing and composing. Stage appearances include JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Vaudeville Theatre, London), THE RATEPAYERS’ IOLANTHE (Phoenix Theatre), the original cast of ME AND MY GIRL with Robert Lindsay and Emma Thompson (Adelphi), and the Joe Papp version of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Palladium). National tours include ANNIE (as Bert Healy) and EVITA. One of my favourite jobs was as Buonafede in Haydn’s opera IL MONDO DELLA LUNA which we toured around the stately homes of Great Britain. Recently I played the Chief Justice in the London premiere of Gershwin’s OF THEE I SING. Compositions include songs for pantomimes, as well as the shows that follow.
I hope you will enjoy the following links, and feel free to email me! I am always interested in your comments, and if you feel so inclined, you can always ask me to write something “tailor made” for you! Happy browsing!
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