I wasn’t doing scales and arpeggios when I was 3, or even when I was 9. But when I was 11, I started playing guitar and piano, and then joined a band playing (then unfashionable) new-romantic music.
We were called Syntax and we were the best band that ever existed that didn’t get famous. We carried on until we were 18 and old enough to know better, but many of us are still doing musical things professionally now, including Gabriel Prokofiev and Nathan Cooper.
From writing songs, I went all serious and started writing classical music. At 16 I wrote a Requiem for choir and orchestra. Then I went to Oxford and learnt about music that dead people wrote. At the National Film and Television school I did more learning, this time about how music could work with moving pictures.
I love working with directors and producers, figuring out what music is going to work with any particular project, devising new combinations of instruments, sounds, textures, rhythms. There are always new challenges… Sometimes it seems easy, other times less so. I’ve always been a bit nocturnal which helps when working to constant and ridiculous deadlines.
I still love writing songs, and have recently launched a new band, in analysis, which bases its songs on anonymously contributed stories or thoughts. We have a shiny new website and a brand new album on the inaugural subject, which is mothers. You can read all about that project and contribute to our next album about Love here… all profits go to charity.
I feel very lucky to have a super studio full of beautiful instruments and clever gadgets, and to have written music for hundreds of hours of television. I like to think that at any given point there is someone in the world watching a show with my music on. I have no way of proving this is the case, but nor can it be proven to be untrue!
Oh, I also have a family that I really like. That includes my lovely wife, Mary, and four smallish children who are just fantastic most of the time.
Anyway, please have a look around the site and listen to some of my music and feel free to get in touch.