“Music and the Mind” by Dr. Anthony Storr provided the inspiration to establish a way of bringing music into the forefront of education, learning, development and thinking. This resulted in the formation, in 1993 of the Music Research Institute with Dr. Anthony Storr, Professor George Odam, Professor Paul Robertson, Robin Woodhead and Hugh Pidgeon as trustees and advisers.
In 1994 he founded the Coda Music Centre, providing a purpose built resource for affective learning in music for the community on the Dorset/Hampshire border. The centre combines the very best of technology with more traditional orchestral instrument tuition, community music making and creativity, vocal and personnel development work, music therapy and research. It has provided a test bed for some of the ideas emerging through the MRI. It is very successful offering musical opportunities for over 600 a week of all ages and abilities. It has recently purchased the freehold securing its accommodation for the future.
Training and Workshops
He has run training courses in voice and communication for the major UK Management Colleges – worked across cultures and language with participants from emerging countries across the world in workshops using voice, music and dance – run workshops and seminars for the Group Relations Training Association, London Lighthouse, and for 5 years ran a summer school, “The Way of the Song” at Little Grove in Buckinghamshire. Other clients have included local authorities, computer software manufacturers, arts centres and theatre groups.
He has a background in performance, recording, song-writing and vocal production. For 15 years he recorded and toured throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Since 1985 he has been using the processes and functions of music to encourage new ways of learning and development and provided opportunities through music for insight and change. He has worked with a number of songwriters including Nic Jones, Anné Emke, Anne Lister and Jan Allain, also with German music groups, including Planet Claire for EMI Records, as vocal producer and co-writer for their singles and CDs.
Publishing and Research
As editor of the music education magazine YES, he was able to write and research extensively about music, emotional development and education. YES was a national magazine which focused, over the eight years of publication, on the changes in UK music education. It was co-published with Yamaha-Kemble Music UK Ltd, and was highly regarded as an authoritative publication on the wider implications of music and music education. He co-wrote and presented the paper, Facilitating Creativity for the Music Education Council (MEC) Conference at Stoke Rochford and was co-author of the national education research project Music in British Primary Schools for the Yamaha Music Foundation. He also served on the education forum of the Record Producers Guild (RePro)
"I enjoy keel-boat sailing and cruise the English Channel with my family every summer. I enjoy surrealist art, write Blakean poetry and Prospero’s Books is a film I really enjoyed. I sing and play a Fylde acoustic guitar."