I studied at the North East Scotland College, majoring in Composition. I was mentored by Paul Tierney and Tony Young from 2013 to 2014. There, I continued to work on my compositional style composing a number of pieces from Orchestral to Solo music.
I have recently concluded my Master’s studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), where I majored in composition, studying principally under Mark Sheridan. Furthermore, I tend to focus on the impact of landscape on Scottish Composers, and the music they compose.
My music is largely tonal and post-modern in style – and is heavily inspired by Neo-Impressionism. I am inspired by the music of composers such as fellow Scot Sir James MacMillan, Claude Debussy, Toru Takemitsu, and Anne Boyd among others. Other common features of my work include the use of extensive pedal notes, tightly packed harmonies, and dissonances, often coupled with moments of stillness and contemplation.
In March 2019, I was presented at the Barbican Centre in London as part of Drake Music’s Emergent composer and the Barbican’s Access Day. This commission saw me take a drastically new direction with my working practice – and the style of work I created as a result. ‘Something From Nothing’ – for electronics and audience, allows the audience to become part of the creative process, through chance decisions over a pre-existing texture to create – in theory, a new version of the work with every performance, with overall impact demonstrating the fact that composition does not need to be an activity for a select few trained individuals.