I first worked as a cameraman for the BBC in the studios at London’s Television Centre on shows including Top of the Pops, The Young Ones, The Two Ronnies, classic Greek tragedy, Harold Pinter plays. I also operated cameras on outside broadcasts covering large scale public events and sport such as football, golf, tennis, rugby and horseracing.
By night I wrote music, songs mainly, and had ambitions to make a career as a songwriter. That changed with time as I focused more on music for films and the theatre.
The BBC was asking people to volunteer for redundancy and I took it, ploughing the money into recording gear. I soon got my first commissions from TV producers. Since turning professional I have worked for all of the major broadcasters in the UK and been nominated twice for RTS Awards.
A few years ago my daughter was born and in the early, sleep-deprived months I sketched a design for our garden here in London. The existing garden was OK but I wanted something more contemporary and it seemed like the ideal time to do it. It was then that I got the bug for design. It came easily enough and people started saying I should become a designer.
Years later I Googled design courses in the UK. Soon I enrolled at the Oxford College of Garden Design for the Postgraduate Diploma in Residential Landscape Architecture, arguably the best course for garden design anywhere in Europe, and finished with a distinction.
Structure, form, harmony, rhythm – these are themes common to both musical composition and design. One inspires and improves the other.
Projects have to date ranged from courtyard gardens in London through medium-sized gardens in Surrey to large country gardens in Oxfordshire. On a part-time basis I also work for Anthony Paul.