Spreading the word about the modern concert accordion has been his passion for many years. He playes the wonderful Pigini Bayan in many schools, theatres, arts festivals, street performances, churches, department stores, on the radio and even on brand new high speed trains for media promotions. When people ask him how fast he can play he says 225 km/hr!
His life has been a journey through many different musical and artistic worlds. After studying music at Leeds College of Music and Sheffield University with Owen Murray, the adventure started. Initial classical repertoire concerts included working with orchestras such as BBC Symphony, Halle, Liverpool Philharmonic and Opera North. However, a chance meeting with the artistic director of a theatre led to a very rewarding career as a composer, musician and actor, with a huge new audience!
Writing original music for newly commissioned plays, he works with some of the very best UK writers, directors and actors, being as well involved on stage throughout performances as actor and musician. He is fully active in many major theatres throughout the UK including The Royal National London, community centres, village halls, schools, and BBC Radio 3 Drama.
The teaching work included Leeds College of Music, Leeds Metropolitan University, Chetham’s School of Music Manchester, Ampleforth College and private tuition.
The reviewer Roderic Dunnett of the recent production of The Underground Man by Mick Jackson (Nottingham Playhouse/AJTC Theatre) said: “He shows how the accordion can be a classical instrument, endlessly illustrative and evocative, rich in variety and profoundly expressive utterance”.