In addition to my work as a Japanese Studies academic, I am a composer of classical music. Music is a passion rather than a profession, and I did not receive formal training in composition. But, in that both research and composition start with putting ideas down on a blank piece of paper and end with a work that communicates something original, for me composition and research have always felt like two sides of the same coin.
Most of my eleven publicly-performed pieces (totaling over 3 hours of music) were written and first performed between 1990 and 2004. For a decade after completing my DPhil, I concentrated on academic work as I built my career as a university lecturer. However, I am now returning more to the balance between academic research and composition that I had before, albeit always bearing in mind which one is my full-time profession.
Listen to Rainy Day in concert:
Please note: I do not accept commercial requests to write/arrange music. I will consider unpaid commissions from musicians, educators and music festivals, but can only take on those which do not create conflicts of interest in my work as an academic.
I am constructing a new website dedicated to music which should go online in the summer of 2018. My music catalogue will be published over the coming years in the UK by AndArt Music, a small independent music publisher. The first piece to be published is A Christmas Carol (February 2018). A recording of some of my chamber works (Bitter Suite, Rainy Day and Reflections) is scheduled to be released on 19 September 2018 from the Yokohama-based label HD Impression. Given the shift in copyrights from me to the publisher (AndArt Music), all scores previously self-published on this page have been removed.
Classical Compositions Catalogue
The following pieces have received public performances (pieces are numbered in the catalogue in chronological order of first performance).
Op. 9 Concerto Grosso (2004; 16 minutes; chamber orchestra; first performance 2004 – commissioned by the Hillingdon Music Service, London).
Op. 8 The Greatest is Love (2003; 10 minutes; choir, strings and organ; first performance 2004).
Op. 7 The Mill Suite (2003; 10 minutes; choir and string quartet; first performance 2003 – commissioned by the Mill Hill Music Festival, London).
Op. 6 Bitter Suite (1999; 23 minutes; octet; first performance 2003).
Op. 5 Requiem (2000; 37 minutes; choir, orchestra, baritone solo; first performance 2002).
Op. 4 Rainy Day (2000; 4 minutes; two violins and piano; first performance 2000).
Op. 3 Memories of Japan (2000; 10 minutes; string quartet; first performance 2000).
Op. 2 Reflections (1993, revised 1998; 32 minutes; piano quintet; first performance 2000).
Op. 1 Serenade for Solo Violin and String Orchestra (1989; 13 minutes; violin and string orchestra; first performance 1990).
ABC (2017; 2 minutes; piano and children’s chorus; first performance 2017 – commissioned by Hokkaido International School for the concert “ABC”).