I began writing arrangements and transcriptions when I was in my early teens and as a virtually self-taught writer and trombonist, transcribing has been one of the principal methods by which I've learned about music. I take particular care in presenting music clearly and in giving due consideration to the individual attributes of each instrument; thus I aim to make the music, however complex, as easy for the musicians to play as is possible. I've learned to create rich textures, harmonically and tonally, and relish the challenge of achieving this even with a small number of instruments.
In addition to providing charts for various commercial sessions I have been commissioned to write for Bruce Adams, Pete Cater, Robert Fowler, Ray Gelato, Frank Griffith, Mark Nightingale, Elio Pace, Steve Rushton, Alyn Shipton, Matt Skelton, Back To Basie, NYJO and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, amongst others.
I've written most of the arrangements in The Bone Supremacy's repertoire and some of these are available for purchase upon request.
My role as Assistant MD on Weekend Wogan in 2010 gave me the opportunity to write arrangements for Jon Allen, Rick Astley, Nell Bryden, Gabriella Cilmi, Glen Campbell, Paul Carrack, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Tony Christie, Charlotte Church, Ronnie Corbett, Sharon Corr, Richard Craker, Craig David, Chris De Burgh, Kiki Dee, Brenda Edwards, Kerry Ellis, Thea Gilmore, Tony Hadley, Jamie Hartman (Ben's Brother), Richard Hawley, Danielle Hope, Brian Kennedy, Beverley Knight, Albert Lee, John Legend, Huey Lewis, Lulu, Raul Malo, Brian May, Don McLean, Tift Merritt, Mika, Ben Montague, Billy Ocean, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Elio Pace, Nerina Pallot, Mica Paris, Marti Pellow, Gretchen Peters, Jodie Prenger, Rumer, Leon Russell, Sandie Shaw, Sharleen Spiteri, Sandi Thom, Judie Tzuke and Westlife.
I'd like to stress that I'm meticulous about clear music copying; the thinking being that if it appears that the composer/arranger has clearly taken great care over the music, then the musicians will be more inclined and able to perform it as well as possible. I use Finale v25 as I find this to be the most feature-rich music notation software available, however it seems that Dorico is now proving to be worthy of serious consideration.