1956                 Born in Glasgow. Both sides of my family came to Scotland from Ireland at the end of  the 1800s.

1968-1974        Attended Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton

1973                 Awarded Licentiate of Trinity College, London (LTCL), flute

1974-1977        Bachelor of Music, University of Sheffield

                         Graduated with First Class Honours

                         Awarded Gibbons Prize

1977-1985        Ph.D.: "A Quest for Innocence: The Music of Frederick Delius 1885-1900"

1980                  Awarded state scholarship from Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1980-1985        Writer and consultant for NRK (Norwegian State Broadcasting)

1985-                Conductor of a wide variety of orchestra, choirs, and bands

1989-2010      Arts Editor and, later, Leader Writer of Demokraten, newspaper in Fredrikstad.

2001                 Granted membership of Norwegian Writers' Guild

2010                 Became full-time freelance author and musician