Alan Bullard's music is widely performed in Great Britain and many other countries, broadcast on television and radio, and appears on several tapes and CDs. He was born in London in 1947 and studied with Herbert Howells at the RCM and Arnold Whittall at Nottingham University. For over 20 years he has lived in Colchester, Essex where he is Head of Composition at Colchester Institute. As a composer he is prolific and wide-ranging, having written in most genres for both amateurs and professionals: recent instrumental commissions vary from the virtuosic A minor deconstruction for violin, clarinet and piano (Coll'Arte Trio, Birmingham 1998), Winter Variations for cello and piano (Jamie Walton and Daniel Grimwood, Tunbridge Wells 1998) and Aztec Genesis for large symphony orchestra (Colchester Institute Symphony Orchestra, conductor Christopher Phelps, 2001) to the elementary Set Pieces for the ABRSM Piano and Violin Prep Tests (1999), Zoological Brass (Berkshire Young Musicians Trust, 1999), and Sounds through the day for recorders and percussion (Colchester Youth Arts Partnership, 2001). Recent choral commissions include Canticle of Freedom (Colchester Choral Society, 2000), Prime Meridian (Ascension Choir, 2000), This is our World (Feltham Choral Society, 2000), Anniversary Song (Solihull Choral Society, 2000), A Bunyan Garland (Dame Alice Harpur School Choirs, Bedford, 2001), Two cats, a ladybird and some lobsters (Lea Valley Singers, 2001), and a number of carols and anthems for Oxford University Press.