THE CONDUCTOR: Colin’s interest in conducting came about at the same time as his starting to compose. He recalls many occasions in his childhood of "air-conducting" and a fascination with how an orchestra works within the various genres of classical music. His first opportunity to develop these skills came at the Newham Academy of Music when he was allowed occasional access to conducting the local youth orchestra. Once at Music College he applied and was successful in joining the conductor’s course under the watchful eye of "Maestro" Bernard Keefe whom Colin had previously played under in the London Junior Orchestra and Ernest Reed Symphony Orchestra.
It was Maestro Keefe’s enthusiasm for the art form of conducting that was to have a long lasting effect and Colin remained part of the course for the duration of his college years. In his final year he would be found regularly conducting college ensembles and orchestras both with his own works as well as standard repertoire. It was also in this year that he was awarded the “Recordi Prize” for Conducting and received one of the two nominations for the prestigious “Barbirrolli Conducting Prize”. Conducting took second stage in the early part of his professional career and it was not until he was back at the Newham Academy of Music , now as a member of staff, that he was again to conduct their Youth Symphony Orchestra (including a complete performance of Holst's "The Planets") and become the founding MD of the Newham Academy jazz Orchestra. After a spell in Essex as conductor of the Southend Youth Symphonic Wind Band and co conductor of the South Essex Youth Symphony Orchestra, the family relocated to Devon where he became the Director of Music at Upton Vale Baptist Church. Here he formed the Icthus Orchestra and conducted a series of concerts entitled “Bay Praise” (following the pattern of the acclaimed "Prom Praise" at the Royal Albert Hall). This included performances of Prokoviev's “Peter and the Wolf” with sixties TV impressionist Peter Goodwright and Saint Saen's Organ Symphony. In 2007 he formed the professional orchestra “The Westward Symphony Orchestra” which performed many successful concerts in the Torbay area counting many retired professionals from leading symphony orchestras amongst its membership. In 2014 he was appointed Director of Music at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth where he supervised four ensembles, a Concert Band, Parade Band, Big Band and Corps of Drums. Running parallel with this Colin has also been Musical Director for a number of stage musicals at the renown Palace Avenue Theatre Paignton which have included "Les Miserables", "Westside Story", "Hairspray", "Footloose", "Fame" and his own "Something Beyond The Star".