Influences and Style
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.
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.
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.