From an early age, since beginning to play
piano & percussion in music therapy, music has been
an important passion
for me. Performance and composition/improvisation have been means of expression
and communication for me. I like music that takes me somewhere, that makes
me feel confident, happy,
optimistic, proud, that makes me shiver, or
that reflects the mood I am in. Music has also been,
and continues to
be, a way of making friends.
Berlioz, Brahms, Chopin, Elgar, Handel, Mahler, Mozart,
Schoenberg, Richard Strauss,Tchaikovsky, Verdi. I love singing as a bass in various
Mozart, Puccini, Philip Glass, Tchaikovsky & Verdi
C20th - aka contemporary classical aka 'modern'
John Cage, Stockhausen, ...
My mum used to play guitar & sing music by; Peter,
Paul & Mary, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez etc.
Cat Stevens, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Crosby, Stills & Nash, 10cc, Paul Simon, Supertramp, Michael Jackson, Mike Oldfield, Sinead O'Connor, Elton John, Jean Michel-Jarre
I saw the musical "We Will Rock You" in London.
I wrote about Queen's music
for the films Highlander & Flash Gordon & was fortunate to receive an email via
the Queen fan club
from Brian May about Highlander. brianmay.com.
I heard Brian May play at London's
Royal Albert Hall in May 2004 as a
'Friend' of the Italian singer Zucchero, and again in 2013 with singer Kerry Ellis with whom she created / performed an album called Anthems.
Reich, Glass and Riley.
I have seen / heard Glass perform a number of times, as a solo pianist, his ensemble & with other musicians. I saw Glass' opera Satyagraha (1980), & John Adams' opera Dr Atomic (2005) at the ENO in London.
boogie piano, big
Jools Holland. Jazz e.g. Jimmy Scott, Miles Davis,
Getz & Gilberto.
Lerner / Loewe’s Guys n Dolls (NT, 1997),
Queen / Ben
Elton We Will Rock You (London).
film / TV
John Williams, Danny Elfman, Philip Glass, the Newmans, Howard Shore
e.g. Aphex Twin
e.g. Ravi Shankar