THE COMPOSER: As a composer Colin has often gone against current trends such as the rush to atonalism in the mid 1980's and 90's. From the outset he has had a long passion for English music and in particular the modal experimentation of one of his favourite composers R. Vaughan Williams. His very first work can be dated back to the late sixties when a “Romance” for viola and Orchestra was performed by the Newham Youth Symphony Orchestra (soloist Andrew Fotheringham). Not long after this a Sinfoneitta "In The East End" performed again by NYO showed the young composer as a potential talent.
Gaining a place at Trinity College of Music London (now Trinity Laban) on the performer course led his to study of composition with English composer Richard (Tony) Arnell and his catalogue really started to grow and "come of age". Several compositions gained their first airing during this time including "Two Shakespeare Sonnets" for Mezzo Soprano and four horns, a Brass quintet and Symphonic Poem “The Rock” the later of which was give him his award of a college Fellowship with some very gracious comments by composer Arnold Cooke. It was also during this time (1975) that “Jazz Prelude” received its first performance by the “Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra” under their conductor James Blair.
Colin’s output was not only "classical" but, much to the consternation of his teachers at that time, he also became a prolific songwriter winning several song writing competitions including the BBCTV "Festival of New Hymns" in 1982. This led to several commissions including a promotional video and two musicals "Go Tell" and "Something beyond the Star" the later of which recently received a rewrite and premier at the "Palace Avenue Theatre" in Paignton Devon.
His ability to "crossover" played dividends more recently when a song/choral anthem "Long Live The King" gained its premier in the Royal Albert Hall London under the baton of Noël Tredinnick.
Following the family relocation to Devon in 1999 there came a resurgence of interest in orchestral composition and a Horn Concerto became the first of several new works to enter his catalogue followed by "Fantasia On An English Hymn Tune (Repton)" premiered again by the ASO at "The Sage" Gateshead under the baton of Noël Tredinnick.
In 2010 Colin began to take an interest in military music and began a playing membership of the Britannia Royal Naval College Volunteer Band in Dartmouth. In turn this led to the composition of a special work to commemorate the colleges 150 anniversary in 2013 with performances by the BRNC Volunteer Band and an RM "All-stars" of “Britannia Academia”. In 2014 his appointment as Director of Music at BRNC has led to many arrangements and compositions for military band and in particular he was runner up in the Royal Marines 350 March competition. Because of this the work in question was retitled and commissioned for the “Second Sea Lord” which is the title it bears. A slow march “Constant Strength” and more recently a quick march “Britannia Spirit” and "Guardians of the Sea" have become regular favourites in the BRNC Volunteer Bands repertoire. Now with the centenary of the conclusion of World War One approaching a large scale work is due to be completed in 2017. This is in effect three shorter Symphonic Sketches titled “The Inevitable March to War”, “Hymn To Those Not Forgotten”, and “The March To Victory” which are given the collective title “Symphony To Heroes”. Its premier is hoped to be sometime in 2017/18.