Composer


Published on 14 Nov 2014 – Hear from composers Mike Mower, Jake Painter, Kay Charlton and Chris Lawry about what it’s like to hear your own composition performed, and why musicians should explore composing.


In 2017 I was commissioned by Warwick Music and Music Education Solutions to compose songs for a new KS 1 scheme of work for the pBuzz; this was nominated as ‘Education Resource of 2018’ by the ‘Education Awards’ and awarded 5 stars by Teach Primary Magazine.

Tutor Books

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Are You Ready

A book of simple, progressive melodies in various styles designed for whole class ensemble teaching (WCET). Fun tunes with differentiated parts, improvisation and copy-back sections and lyrics and actions to aid aural learning. Each piece is accompanied by a lively backing track (on CD).

Now available as an online course through Music Gurus!

Transposed versions for Violin, Alto Saxophone, Flute and pBuzz, Published by Warwick Music

Bollywood Blast

A series of tutor books and arrangements for brass and wind.

Published by Spartan Press 

‘Tubalosity’ for Solo Tuba

Selected to be premiered by Kenyon Wilson at Indiana University, USA in 2014 as part of the Fifteen Minutes of Fame series. The piece is inspired by the versatility of the tuba sound – that of the funky bass and the melodic voice. The player should imagine they are playing both parts simultaneously as though the bass line is there all the way through, in the style of singer Bobby McFerrin.

Published by Spartan Press

How to Play the Dhol

Consultant / Contributing editor.

Published by Spartan Press 

‘Wedding March’ and ‘Bhangra Beat’

Two pieces commissioned for Trinity College London’s Music Tracks programme, published in Trumpet Initial 2014

Easy Living

Selected to be included in Trinity College London’s 2015-17 Initial Piano syllabus

Unpublished

Ramayana Bites (2013)

This was written for Bollywood Brass Band’s 100 years of Bollywood concert series. The piece accompanies film by Phalke’, India’s first indigenous film maker.

Sword Fight (2016)

A piece that was written for Bollywood Brass Band’s collaboration with South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth. It accompanies the finale of the 1948 South Indian movie Chandralekha.

Arrangements of Bollywood tunes for various ensembles — school bands, wind bands, brass bands and for orchestra. ‘Too Cheez Badi hai Mustt Mustt’ was performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra at the London Mela 2012.