Born Bristol, 1956. Studied at the Birmingham School of Music where he was awarded the Birmingham Midland Institute Prize for composition.
M.Mus, Reading University, 1989.
Since 1980 he has lived in Oxford and divides his time between composing, performing, teaching and lecturing.
Since 1991 he has been a Visiting Tutor in Composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire and in 2008 he moved to Bristol.