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To My Father (Clarinet / Basset-Clarinet & Piano)

For some years I had been toying with the idea of writing a piece in memory of my late father, the clarinettist Edward “Ted” Planas. In…

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Symphony of Dances (2015)

The idea for a symphony of music “to be danced to” had been with me for some time; in fact since the successful premiere of…

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Sonata for Flute & Piano (2014)

This work in three movements was commissioned by my former student Isabelle Ashton, who asked for a work which could be performed for her Diploma,…

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Classical Symphony - Homage to Schubert (2012)

This work was composed over the Christmas period 2011-12, and was performed on May 12th at Carrdus School, Overthorpe Hall, Banbury. It is dedicated to…

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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2011)

For some years I had toyed with the idea of composing a piano concerto, but it was after hearing Dominic Piers Smith playing with the…

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For Chloë (Piano solo - 2011)

A short work for piano (duration about 3m 20s) composed in the autumn of 2011 as a birthday present for a friend and former student,…

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I accept large or small commissions, depending on the requirements of my clients. I have written short solo works for young students, and operas for a large-scale cast and orchestra.

My first major commission was from Northamptonshire’s County Youth Theatre, then part of the County Council, now a part of the Northampton Music & Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) for an opera involving every student from the Saturday morning centres, two dance groups, the newly-formed Youth Theatre and the County Youth Orchestra.

Since then, I have written two further operas, several chamber works and several more solo works as commissions form groups and individual musicians and students.

If you are interested in having a piece of music composed for a special occasion, or wish to patronise a larger project, please get in touch directly.