An insightful and well-researched programme note that provided valuable support to our recent performance of Messiah. (Cole Bendall, founder and conductor of the Reid Consort)

In my experience, too many programme notes bombard concert-goers with technical terms that leave them none the wiser about the music they are to hear. When I began to write my own, it was with the aim of examining the music within its historical context, be it in terms of the composer's life, the genre of the work or something else altogether. Feedback from performers and audiences alike has confirmed that, together with a few general pointers on the music itself, this is much more conducive to the average music-lover's enjoyment of a performance.
To date, I have written notes for performances by the Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra, Reid Consort and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, in addition to which I have contributing towards programmes for the Usher Hall's Sunday Classics season since 2017. It had been my intention to complete a full set of notes on Beethoven's symphonies in 2020, a project delayed by the Covid 19 outbreak; once they are complete, I shall turn my attention to Tchaikovsky's.
Samples notes are available as shown. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to use any of the others listed, or commission me to write something for your next concert.

 Composer Work Word count
Christian zeal and activity
Bow thine ear, O Lord
Bach Orchestral suite no. 3 in D major 372
Beethoven Symphony no. 1 in C major 630
Symphony no. 2 in D major 796
Symphony no. 3 in E flat major, Eroica 854
Symphony no. 4 in B flat major 669
Symphony no. 5 in C minor 662
Symphony no. 6 in F major, Pastoral 585
Symphony no. 7 in A major tbc
Symphony no. 8 in F major tbc
Piano concerto no. 3 in C minor 566
PIano concerto no. 4 in G major 549
Piano concerto no. 5 in E flat major, Emperor 629
Bizet Symphony in C major 498
L'Arlésienne suites nos. 1 and 2 505
Carmen suite no. 1 274
Britten Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge 417
Bruch Violin concerto no. 1 in G minor 556
Handel Israel in Egypt 1384
Messiah 641
Haydn Nelson mass 325
Marcello Oboe concerto in D minor 218
Mendelssohn Symphony no. 5 in D minor, Reformation 496
Mozart Flute concerto in G major 397
Violin sonata in E minor 352
Overture to The marriage of Figaro 341
Muhly see Adams (above)
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini 606
Ravel Piano concerto for the left hand 564
Le tombeau de Couperin (orchestral version) 336
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade 715
Rossini Overture to The barber of Seville 277
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo capriccioso 271
Schubert Adagio for piano trio 372
Shotakovich Piano concerto no. 2 in F major 553
Strauss, Johann II Overture to Die Fledermaus 208
Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 4 in F minor 758
Manfred symphony 1120
Violin concerto in D major 692
Romeo and Juliet fantasy overture 254
Suite from Sleeping beauty 291
Suite from Swan lake 453
Vieuxtemps Violin concerto no. 5 in A minor, Grétry 363
Vivaldi The four seasons 807
Weber Overture to Oberon 201

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