His interest in English Song began at school in Norwich, where his Maths master (a friend since schooldays of Gerald Moore) accompanied him singing Warlock and Purcell, as well as Schumann. When he was awarded a Choral Scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge, his Norwich choirmaster gave him his own bound collection of Parry’s English Lyrics.
Apart from his wide knowledge of the standard tenor repertoire in all fields, he has given first performances by modern composers of opera, oratorio, songs and song-cycles. Philip Wilby, Carol Barratt, John Jeffreys, Roy Teed and Tony Noakes are among composers who have written songs for him, several of which he has recorded. He has devised programmes around such poets as Blake, Blunden, Clare, Graves, Hardy, Housman, Shakespeare, Edward Thomas and Tennyson. He has also edited a volume of settings of Hardy and Volume VII of ‘A Century of English Song’, both of which are available from the publisher William Elkin.
He most recent CD releases are one of songs and chorale preludes by Brahms, and another of light music for piano and voice. Follow the link below to browse the complete catalogue of CDs.
A Past Warden of the Performers and Composers Section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, he is also an Honorary Life Member of the City Glee Club in London. In the past he was a member of the choirs of Coventry Cathedral, York Minster and St Paul's Cathedral. He is currently Musical Director of the Bristol Chamber Choir (formed in 1837 as the Bristol Madrigal Society, with Robert Lucas Pearsall among the original members.)