Alongside my career as an educator, I have been self-employed variously as composer, conductor, musical director and record producer for a range of international clients, including The University of Edinburgh and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, EMI Music, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Caroline O'Connor, Sir Robert Helpmann, Sir Howard Morrison. My work has featured in performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Royal Albert Hall and Garrick Theatre (London), Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Hamer Hall (Australia), the Australian Embassy (New York), Sala Accademica di Santa Cecilia (Rome) and Edinburgh University.
I have been orchestrator, associate composer and musician for 24 feature films, television documentaries, mini series, and 15 album titles and have been a frequent conductor of studio orchestras, including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the feature film Frauds. Many of the media to which I have contributed have themselves achieved critical and popular acclaim, including BAFTA Award (The Making of Longbird), Best Film Score (Crush), an Oscar (The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert), Triple Platinum record sales (Come In Spinner - ABC) and an Australian Aria Award nomination (Cash Landing – EMI Music).
Stars in films I have orchestrated include Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Phil Collins, Josephine Byrnes, Lee Majors, Jack Scalia, Bob Peck, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp. I worked with Torvill & Dean as arranger and pianist for their album Here We Stand. I have performed extensively as keyboardist, including over 400 performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber's show Cats (Really Useful Theatre Company) and Phantom of the Opera (Cameron Mackintosh Limited), and as musical director for independent productions.
My most recent commissions have been to arrange, conduct, mix and master the vocal and orchestral music for the Glenfiddich 21yo Whisky ad campaign, so far reaching 1.7 million hits, viewable on my YouTube channel below, and to score the music Ruaridh M Turner's multi award winning short thriller, 'The Beast in the Storm'. My current commissions are to compose a new 4 movement symphony for The Orchestra of the Canongait in Scotland, and a new trio for the Hindemith Trio in Parma, Italy.
Manning Clark's History of Austrlia - The Musical (1988) Arranger, Orchestrator, Musician The Australian Bicentennary
Australian Singing Competition (1985 - 1988) Arranger, Orchestrator Ken Laing, Media Music
Aloha (1983 - 1985) Arranger, Orchestrator, Musical Director, Conductor Eaton Magoon Jr & Sir Robert Helpmann
Sir Howard Morrison, TVNZ Entertainer of the Year Tour (1982) Arranger, Musician Sir Howard Morrison
AFI Awards - Australian Film Institute (Body Surfer, The Crossing, Come In Spinner, Thank God He Met Lizze)
Australian Aria Award nomination (Cash Landing – EMI Music)
Best Film nomination, Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival (Frauds)
Best Film Score - New Zealand Film and TV Awards (Crush)
Best Short Animation - BAFTA Award, Best Graduation Film - Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Golden Dove, Audience Award - Leipzig DOK Festival, Best British Short, Best New British Animation – Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scottish Sh
Best Sound Track - New Zealand Film and TV Awards (Crush)
FCCA Award - Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards (Thank God He Met Lizzie)
Golden Raven - Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (Frauds)
Logie Awards (Police Rescue, Come In Spinner, The Crossing)
Oscar (Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert)
Palme d’Or - Cannes Film Festival (Frauds, Crush)
Platinum record sales (Come In Spinner - ABC)
Starboy Award - Oulu International Children's Film Festival (Hildegarde)
Verona Love Screens Film Festival (Thank God He Met Lizzie)
Best Action/Thriller/SciFi - Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (The Beast in the Storm)
Award of Merit – IndieFEST Film Awards (The Beast in the Storm)
Me conducting my orchestration of Pete Warburton's Edinburgh Festival tone poem in the Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University.
To hear the recording click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68enjFLAMBw&list=PL2D349CD1E7C41114&index=2