b Oldham, Lancs 1961. Chetham’s Sch, Manchester; organ scholar at Manchester Cathedral before studying organ and piano at RCM, graduating in 1983 with several prizes for both instruments, and the Vienna Hochschule. He is now an internationally known recitalist as solo pianist, duettist and accompanist, including performances at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House and Royal Albert Hall (soloist at ‘Last Night of the Proms’) and many European, American and Far Eastern capitals and other venues. He is organist-in-residence at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall which opened in 1996, and is also engaged in jazz, improvisation, conducting and composing. His Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis was published in 2001 in Faber’s New Choral Works series. He does much work with young musicians, and his many recordings include music by Gershwin, Hindemith and Saint-Saens. He has conducted several eminent orchestras including the London Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic. His best-known hymn tune to date appeared in the 1988 The New English Hymnal, as here, and was hailed by John Barnard (qv) as ‘one of the musical highlights of NEH’. No.163=469.