Learned piano from age six with organist father, joined father's church choir then, and learned several other instruments including oboe, violin, recorder with other teachers and alone during teenage years. Taught piano from age sixteen. Began the pipe organ seriously in late twenties, after starting a family. When youngest child began secondary school, began a music degree. Went on to do music Masters, on father's musical life during WW2 in East Africa, entitled, 'Musical Networks in the Life of William V. Henderson: Music in England and Africa, 1932-1946'. Now full-time doctoral research musicology student, University of Aberdeen. Qualifications obtained: BA Librarianship - Liverpool Polytechnic 1983, BMus Music - 1st - University of Aberdeen 2008, MMus Music - University of Aberdeen 2010, Associate of the Royal College of Organists 2003, Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (organ music performance) 2006. University organist from 2006. Attended the Frescobaldi International Organ Course of Christopher Stembridge in Valvasone, Italy 2009. Played for many churches of all denominations and give recitals. Currently also organist at St Margaret's Scottish Episcopal Church, Gallowgate, Aberdeen.
Researching Bach's use of harmony in his organ fugues, currently entitled, 'Thickened Textures in the Organ Fugues of J. S. Bach: Embroidered Counterpoint and the Expressive Dissonance'. Taking a joint approach through seventeenth and eighteenth century music treatises and free harmonic analysis.