In 2001 I turned my hand to composing, with a particular interest in choral music. My Churchill Fellowship experiences had awakened in me a creative urge to commit my own choral music ideas to paper. My first composition – Fanfare of Praise – was written on my way back to Australia from the USA, and was dedicated to Patty Hennings and the Peninsula Women’s Chorus of San Francisco. Patty’s zest for life, deep sense of care and compassion, and passionate belief in the power of music, had a profound influence on me, as in fact it did on all people with whom she came in contact.
I now find myself in the position of having achieved international recognition as an Australian composer of choral music. Since 2005 I have had my own choral music series – Choral Vivace – which is published by Edition Peters London. There is also an earlier collection of mainly a cappella works in English, Finnish and Latin published by the Finnish company Sulasol.
Whilst I still maintain a particular interest in Finnish music, my composing is strongly influenced by all things Australian, including an interest in indigenous languages, our unique flora and fauna, and texts by contemporary Australian writers. My works are now performed by choirs in Europe, the United Kingdom, North America, south-east Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Many have also included selections from my repertoire in their CD recordings.