I studied music at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, winning the David Barlow Memorial Prize in my first year and graduating with first-class honours. After that, I pursued postgraduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Colin Timms at the University of Birmingham, specialising in the music of Heinrich Schütz, and receiving my PhD in 2000.

I began composing as a student, and gradually evolved my Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque styles after experimenting with many other approaches along the way, from hardcore minimalism to rock! Since 2005, my music has been published by Chichester Music Press. My music has been recorded, performed internationally, and heard on television and radio.

I live and work in Cumbria, in the North West of England. I sing in Carlisle Cathedral Choir and direct Occasional Musick, a group of selected professional musicians.