The Weekend

Premiered: 25th-27th September 2021 at The Bloomsbury Theatre, London. From Highbury Opera Theatre, the innovative company behind Fever Pitch: The Opera (‘A zinger of a production’ – Artibravi) comes The Weekend, an original comic opera based on Sir Michael Palin’s popular stage play. World-weary retiree The Weekend

Dart’s Love

River Dart, River Dart, Every year Thou claim’st a Heart Devon Folk Legend A glorious, desperate love story with a dark twist, set in and starring a memorable river created by a trio of fabulous sopranos, Dart’s Love is a treat for the eyes and ears . Dart’s Love


I have written lyrics for stand-alone songs with jazz composers Geoff Castle (‘Under Your Spell’ ,’Time to Say Goodbye’, ‘Time to Move On’), Gabrielle Ducomble (‘The Time is Now’, ‘Forest Boy’, ‘Carefree Day‘) and Scott Stroman (‘Love is a Game‘). I have done new translations Songs

All is Still

A new carol for Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir My second collaboration with composer Rebecca Dale, following ‘Winter’ for Voces 8 was a new carol for Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir Christmas album. I discovered it’s actually very hard to write an original carol that isn’t full All is Still

Professional Suicide

In 2010 I was invited to join a writers’ course at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. ‘The Singing Word’ was aimed at the developing the work of librettists and encouraging them to collaborate with other opera practitioners, particularly composers on the parallel ‘Vox’ course. Professional Suicide

The Weekend: A Jazz Opera based on the comedy by Michael Palin.

Following on from the success of ‘Fever Pitch: The Opera’, Scott Stroman and I wrote another opera for Highbury Opera Theatre. Originally intended to be staged as half of a double-bill with Bernstein’s ‘Trouble In Tahiti’, to mark his Centenary in 2018, it has now The Weekend: A Jazz Opera based on the comedy by Michael Palin.

Last Man Standing

In 2018 I collaborated (for the second time) with composer Cheryl Frances Hoad on a song cycle for baritone Marcus Farnsworth and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The work, Last Man Standing, was commissioned for the World War 1 Armistice Centenary and premiered on 30th November 2018 at the Last Man Standing

Fever Pitch

“Arsenal till I die / I’m Arsenal till I die / I know I am, / I’m sure I am / Arsenal till I die!” Fever Pitch Book by Tamsin Collison (from the book by Nick Hornby). Music by Scott Stroman. Highbury Opera Theatre commissioned Fever Pitch

Winter – Voces 8

I wrote the lyrics for ‘Winter’, a piece by rising composer Rebecca Dale, commissioned for the internationally-renowned choral ensemble Voces 8.  It is the title track of their luminous album ‘Winter’, released by Decca on 21st October 2016. Available as CD or download. Further details Winter – Voces 8

Mars Rover

Mars Rover is a 1 act children’s musical about Destiny, a headstrong Mars Rover and her exasperated NASA Controller, Commander Jefferson. It made the shortlist for the 2015 S&S Award for Best Unproduced Musical of the Year and was included in the 2016 MMD Beam Mars Rover