Alan is a retired organ builder. As a former boy chorister in Manchester Cathedral Choir (1941-1949), he was guided into organ building by the then organist and choir master Norman Cocker (he of "Tuba Tune" fame). He worked for Harrison & Harrison Ltd in Durham for over 50 years, latterly as works manager and chief designer, and still works there part-time. Although he has sung in choirs all his life, this is his first attempt at composition. He has completed a setting of the Latin Mass, and it has had its first performance under his direction.