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I was born in Northern Ireland, live in Australia, and am a composer, conductor and actor. I am Head of Composition and Production at The Australian Institute of Music and Musical Director of the Sydney Male Choir. I've been Visiting Composer at Universities and schools and my music has been performed in Australia, the USA, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, China, Italy, Ireland, Taiwan, Argentina, Mexico and Puerto Rico by many international concert artists and ensembles. My compositional interests include music for orchestra, the theatre (including dance), the voice and the church, the combination of electro-acoustic and acoustic resources especially in real time, the exploration of virtuosity and indigenous Australian music. I've conducted in festivals and concerts all over the world, as well as acted in too many professional theatre works to list here.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A new piece - on youtube!

This has just been uploaded by pianist extraordinaire Helen Lin. It is a recording she made with exciting American trumpeter John Irish of my "Skeletal Dance" for trumpet and piano , written especially for them in December 2009 and premiered by them in July 2010 in Taipei. She has put a nice little slide show together to accompany the sound file - I especially love the skeletons that appear at the 1 minute mark.

Enjoy! I did!!

Skeletal Dance, premiered by John Irish, trumpet, and Helen Lin, piano.


  1. What an honor to have you written this piece for me and John. Thank you, Houston!! We look forward to performing it again very soon!!

  2. I hope to hear it in real time when this happens!!!