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Influences and Style
Composers who have influenced my music include Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Delius, Messiaen and Stravinsky to name but a few. With this wide variety of influences and often employing derivative procedures, I endeavour to produce music of unmistakable individuality.
 It is always difficult to describe music but it would be true to say that my compositional style is generally tonal, modal and melodic.
Musical Research
I have researched extensively the construction and aesthetics of many kinds of music. These studies encompass ancient modes, plainsong, J S Bach's contrapuntal writing and a comprehensive analysis of more complex 19th and 20th century compositional techniques.
   
Inspiration
The topics that have moved me to write music are diverse and eclectic. These subjects include gardens, trees, states of transcendence, ancient Greek philosophy, life, death and subatomic-physics. Of course, ultimately music describes the intangible; it is itself.
The French Organ School
My admiration for the 19th and 20th century French organist/composer tradition can be seen in my own works for the organ. Composers such as Franck, Widor, Tournemire, Langlais and Messiaen have always inspired me.
   
My Musical Raison d'Etre
As a composer my goals must be to point my listeners' thoughts and emotions in certain directions - to reach out and touch in a manner that only music can.