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Research Interests


                       American Minimal Music with a focus on the work of John Adams. Film music with a focus on the silent era.




1998-2004     DPhil Composition York University Supervisor: Roger Marsh

                        Key Features: A portfolio of compositions and a written commentary: ‘Multilayered rhythmic processes’


1972-74           Master of Fine Arts  Mills College, Oakland, California Supervisor: Robert Ashley

                        Key Features: Electronic Music and the recording media


1968-71           Bachelor of Arts  York University


Other Qualifications


2012-13           Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

                        Key features: Seminar and small group teaching


Prizes and Awards


2003                ‘Chamber Concerto’ Winner of the special prize in the Luxembourg Sinfonietta’s International Composers Competition.


2006                ‘Eris’ for piano 4 Hands. Joint winner of the Tong Hasegawa composers competition.


2008                ‘A Night in the Palace of Reason’ Winner of the Pierro Peze prize in the Taukay International composers competition.



Publications: Journals and Conference Papers

1985                Contact Magazine 'Tom Johnson in Paris' Review of 'Reserves aux Sopranes' Goldsmiths University Publication.


2016                Tempo No 277 (CUP)

                        ‘Repetition tropes and levels of obliteration in John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto and American Berserk’


2014                Musical Materialities in the Digital Age: Conference at Sussex University:  ‘The Performance Film':  Conv:Richard  Elliot

2011                The Sounds of Early Cinema

                        Round table discussion with Miguel Mera, Rick Altman and Gillian Anderson. Convenor Julie Brown.


Music Publications


2016               ‘The Triadic Riddles of Water (Rain and Ice)’

                        Songspin Songbook University of York Music Press


2013                ‘La Jeune Demoiselle’ Piano Solo

                        LCM publication for Grade 4


2008-9           ‘Piano Trio’ Taukay Editions Musicali (TEM)

                        ‘Cantilena’ TEM

                        ‘A Night in the Palace of Reason’ TEM

                        ‘Three Inventions on JS Bach’s A Musical Offering’ TEM




2011                ‘The Triadic Riddles of Water (Rain and Ice)’ Songspin,Ensemble Juice, Non Classical label.


2007                ‘A Night in the Palace of Reason’ TEM


2003                ‘Chamber Concerto’ Luxembourg Sinfonietta


1998                ‘Incantation’ Hilliard Ensemble ECM New Series




2007                ‘La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc’ HarmonieBand and the Hilliard Ensemble. Polish Television.

                          Film score to Carl Dreyer’s silent classic.


Work Experience: Current


2002-               Royal College of Music: professor

                         L4 Historical Studies: Minimalism. MMus supervisions for spoken presentations. HS and Aural Training seminars.

                         Chairing and internal panellist for PhD/DMus transfer, final viva voce and Performance exams RCM


2002-               Goldsmiths College: Visiting Tutor

                         Composition and Creative Research Projects


2004-               Sussex University: Visiting Tutor: Opera and Film, The Rise of Classical Music, American Music Theatre, Music and Society.


2004-16           Christ’s Hospital School

                          Composer in Association: Various composition projects in the classroom


2002-2005       School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE), University of Hong Kong:

                          Lecturer in Historical Studies and Music  Technology


1993-2001       University of Salford: Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Course

                          Leader. Head of Performance in Jazz and Popular Music.


1987-1989       Newcastle University: Composer-in-Residence


1984-1987       The University of Bradford: Fellow in Music


1978 – 1984     North West Arts Association: Music and Dance Officer



Professional Membership  


2013                 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2000                Musicians Union


Technical and other skills


Extensive experience as ensemble director of HarmonieBand. The ensemble has performed at all of the major art centres in the UK including the South Bank Centre and the Barbican. They have also travelled widely in Europe including visits to the Giornate del Cinema Muto Pordenone, The Wroclaw Opera House, The Dresden Musikfestpiele, Berlin’s Babylon Theatre and 3 tours of Holland.



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