Many people know my name and voice from listening to Classic FM, but far fewer are aware of my work as a composer and musician, which predate my radio career by a couple of decades.
My musical tastes have always been and remain eclectic. For instance, the first records I owned were Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor, Frankie Laine singing 'Rawhide' and the debut album by 'The Shadows' - it doesn't get much more catholic than that!
I taught myself to play the guitar when I was a boy, and would spend hours listening to and aping my heroes such as Chuck Berry, Joe Brown & Hank Marvin. But whilst much of my pocket money went on pop records, I was also buying a lot of classical music, & when the budget was overtaxed, I would borrow classical & jazz albums from the local library.
One of the things I like least is the pigeonholing of music, and I like to think that my open-mindedness in this regard is reflected in my work.
While my activities as a performer in rock bands such as Crow, Mungo Jerry & Boy Bastin were gradually overtaken by my developing career as a radio presenter, my love of composing has remained a constant. Nowadays, I write mostly in a classical idiom, but music and melody will always be indivisible for me, and I'm sure the 'DNA' of the multifarious styles I've been exposed to over the years continues to influence my compositions.
I hope you enjoy exploring my music as much as I enjoy creating it.
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