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Primarily Symphonies, Orchestral, Choral & Organ works, mostly with a strong spiritual theme. Two main areas of inspiration are represented: (a) Mountains and wilderness, and (b) Overtly mystical themes, especially Eastern mysticism and using sacred mantras in choral works.
The idiom is modal, and is characterized by a certain elemental intensity and (usually) large scale of vision, which can apply even to ‘chamber’ works, such as ‘The Seen and the Unseen’ for 2 saxophones & piano. Other composers with overlapping idioms include: Vaughan-Williams (in more adventurous mode), Holst (as in ‘The Planets’ and ‘Egdon Heath’), Sibelius (later, more elemental works), Vagn Holmboe, Eduard Tubin, Messiaen and, particularly notably, Jehan Alain.
Has lived in Exeter, Devon, U.K. since 1976. Self taught, and, although having always had music composing itself in his mind since his teens, did not produce his Opus 1 (Symphony 1) till 1995 (age 53), but within two years from then he had completed another five symphonies as well as other orchestral and choral works.
He spends much time hiking in wild terrain and also developing as a healer and mystic, and all this is reflected in the music.
One of the first generation of composers to use the resources of the internet to promote their works, he has produced MIDI realisations of his orchestral works which are widely acclaimed as being some of the most realistic and effective uses of this medium.