About

Composing

I create music to order for theatre, dance, film, advertising and digital media. My output covers a wide range of styles and genres. These include: piano melodies; orchestral arrangements; abstract soundscapes, electronica and whatever else takes my fancy.

Enquiries and commissions are always very welcome. No project is too big or small. No collaboration too weird or wonderful. Your creative demands ensure ideas, sounds and techniques that might otherwise go unexplored are discovered. So, keep the requests coming.

My favourite composers include: Gavin Bryars, Max Richter, Charles Ives, Anna Meredith, Aphex Twin, Philip Glass and Gustav Mahler. But my listening goes far wider, with current favourites including Kate Tempest, Bill Calahan, The Streets, Led Bib, Fontaines DC and Christine & The Queens,.

To hear examples of my work, please visit the Madmusik website:

Performance

I perform on drums, percussion, guitar, vocals and flute. As drummer and percussionist, I have appeared with punk bands, pit orchestras, folk, pop, rock, world music, jazz and improv groups. As a solo artist, I write and record under the name ‘a Band named Brian’.

In recent years, I have developed, produced and performed a series of Fringe Theatre shows. These comprise a trilogy in which I have tried to break down conventions of performance, whilst delivering an accessible and enjoyable entertainment.

My recent recent Band named Brian album ‘Never There at All’ is available on all major streaming services, as well as YouTube. Listen on Spotify here:

Educating

Over the years, I have led numerous workshops in music improvisation. These have included work with actors, dance teachers, children with learning difficulties and volunteer workers in Africa.

The basis for these was formed whilst studying at Middlesex Polytechnic. I later completed a course with Creative Factory at Wiltshire Music Centre. I also took part in workshops and performances with renowned drummer and improvisor Tony Orrell (Goldfrapp, Gas Giants) at Bath Fringe Festival.

In the early 2000s, I worked as a mentor on the government-sponsored Diploma in Creative Technology at a number of schools and colleges in Wiltshire. More recently, I have provided one-to-one mentoring in music composition, as well as teaching drums.

Since the early 1990s, I have run ‘Dance Notes’, providing resources for primary Dance education. These have been used in schools throughout the UK, as well as overseas.