BA – Politics/History (Sheffield University, 1985)
PGCE – Secondary School Music (Bristol University, 1998)
PG Cert – Jazz Piano (Birmingham Conservatoire, 2010)

Instruments: Piano & Accordion

Who Am I?

“I am state school educated, did a university degree on a full grant, had limited formal music training and my early career mainly supported by the dole. My main career achievement is to be still working as a musician 35 years later (plus a stint sorting the post during Covid). I have three grown-up daughters, three small grandchildren, two sets of ageing parents (and a range of extended step-families). I have lived in Wolverhampton – Sheffield – Bristol – Stroud – and am now based in Wakefield. I am sustained by jazz/tango/reggae/funk/70s classics and improvised music, plus politics, philosophy, poetry, football, cafes and gardening. After many years of being the youngest in the room, I’m now happy to be the oldest…”

Career History

Freelance musician since 1985. Currently music examiner for ABRSM; Musical Director for Leeds Grand Youth Theatre; pianist for In Harmony Opera North; composer/pianist/accordionist/teacher for hire. Wide experience of community theatre/music projects, composing for choirs, brass bands, jazz orchestras etc. Accordionist/composer for Tango Siempre (1998-2008).

Professional Activity

YouTube and Bandcamp pages.

Promoter for Wakefield Jazz, booking bands for Friday night gigs.