My catalogue is shamelessly eclectic in its mixture of styles, and yet, whilst absorbing many cosmopolitan influences, I still think of my compositional language as intrinsically English. The kappelmeister music serves school, church and community. These pieces have mostly been composed to order for specific forces and represent my passion for serving the wider community.
My lighter music may suggest the divertimenti and serenades of a bygone age – on the surface, fun and initially shallow for some ears – but these works will frequently reveal darker shades of my complex musical personality. Dance and song are fundamental to my work at any level; melodic invention is intrinsic to my work.
My more serious concert works will reveal deeper dramatic tension, lucidity of texture, disciplined technique and perhaps an underlying sadness, but all are wrapped in an exuberant lyricism. I have heeded WH Auden’s advice (‘New Year Letter’ 1940) to composers to ‘accept their loneliness and refuse all refuges, whether of tribal nationalism or airtight intellectual systems’.