I studied Early Woodwind Technology at the London College of Furniture in my native East London in the mid-1980s. After leaving LCF I earned my living playing folk music at most major UK festivals. I then trained in modern woodwind repairs whilst working for John Packer's Woodwind Shop in Taunton.
Then I studied Composition from the mid-1990s, gaining a PhD in Composition at Goldsmiths College where I also started to teach. I had to take two years out for treatment and a bone marrow transplant in 2002 for Acute Myloid Leukaemia. This effectively ended my academic composition lecturing career.
Since 1995 I have also worked regularly playing percussion for contemporary dance classes at The Laban Centre, The Royal School of Ballet, The English National Ballet School, The Place, The Birmingham Dance Xchange, and currently at Queens' College Cambridge.
After moving to an old house in rural Cambridgeshire in 2011 I have finally been able to set up my own workshop, where I make early and folk woodwind instruments and repair modern woodwinds. I still write music as well, and perform regularly.