I was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and studied music at Cambridge University, London University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After this I lived overseas, working as a music teacher in many countries over a period of twenty-five years. After this I moved back to North-East England, where I taught the piano. My compositions include piano pieces and songs. I have also written a guide to piano technique and composed many exercises for the piano.