Awards and Commissions 

2024 Nominated in the German Jazz Awards for best production for the Album, Face to Face with the NDR Bigband . (result April ) 

2023 Composer in Residence with the NDR Big Band in Hamburg 

2022 Awarded British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Years Honours for services to music 

2022 Nominated as most inspirational teacher /composer Music Expo 

2022 Commission Tommy Smith Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for Kurt Elling 

2022 Commission the UMO Jazz Orchestra , Finland 

2021 Winner of the best composition in the Ivor Novello Awards 

2020 Winner Covid Commission From the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers USA 

2020 Winner of the Seattle Jazz Orchestra best Composition Award 

2020 Winner of the Best Ensemble Award with the Jazz Orchestra in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 

2019 Ivor’s Gold Badge Award for exceptional contribution to Music 

2020-2024 Commission EVC Music publishing. Piano Tales for Alice and Piano tales for Peter Pan 

2018 Nominated Jazz Educator of the Year, Parliamentary Jazz Awards 

2018 Nominated Best Pianist in The British Jazz Awards 

2018 Commission “Wild Oak “ The National Youth Jazz Orchestra 

2018 Commission “Awakening “ for the Emulsion Festival 

2017 Best Pianist in 2017 British Jazz Awards 

2016 Oxford University Press Jazz violin and piano, Jazz in Autumn 

2015 Oxford University Press "Grooves for Two" Jazz piano duet 

2015 Piano Mix (ABRSM) arrangements in books 1,2 and 3 as part of a collection of pieces for a new series 2015 "Blink" Commissioned by The National Youth Jazz Collective 

2014-15 Commission new book of originals and arrangements for solo piano and another for Jazz violin and piano (Oxford University Press ) "Jazz in Autumn" and "Jazz on a Winter’s Night" 

2012 Commission new book of originals and arrangements for solo piano (Oxford University Press "Jazz in Springtime" 

2011 Commission New book of original pieces and arrangements for solo piano (Oxford University Press) "Jazz on a Summers Day " 

2011 Commission "Hush" big band piece for The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (Featured in the Proms) 

2010 Awarded Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (HonARAM)for special contributions to the Academy 

2009 Commission - Oxford University Press “Jazz on A Winter's Night'' 12 arrangements for piano of Christmas music including classics by Mel Torme and Nat Cole but also some English carols such as “In the Bleak Mid Winter” and Peter Warlock's “Balulalow” 

2007 Commission - Oxford University Press. A contemporary piano duets for four hands. 

2006 Three Commissions - Faber Music for “Fingerprints”, new editions of contemporary pieces for flute, cello and alto sax. 

2005 Commission - Faber Music 3 pieces for "Fingerprints", the new edition of Contemporary piano pieces 

2005 Commission - Tim Garland's Northern Underground Band “Red Ellen” 

2002 Award International Association of Jazz Educators Award for outstanding services to jazz education (California '02) 

2000-2026 Commissions - The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music . Many arrangements and original composition in the piano,horns and flute syllabus. (ABRSM publishing) 

2002 "ECHO" - a setting for large ensemble and voice of the Christina Rossetti poem - Commissioned by 'New Perspectives'. 

2001 "FIRE AND ICE" - a suite for Jazz Quintet inspired by the short stories of A.S Byatt - Commissioned by 'Sheffield Jazz' 

1999 "IN ALL MY HOLY MOUNTAIN" - for large ensemble - with poet Roger Garfitt - Commissioned by 'New Perspectives' 

1999 "A GENTLE PRAYER" - for Jazz Orchestra - Commissioned by The London Sinfonietta. 

1998 "NINE SWALLOWS - NO SUMMER" - for large ensemble - celebrating the work of Sculptor ,Barbara Hepworth - Commissioned by the 'New Perspectives' ensemble. 

1996 "ALMA VENUS" - for soprano sax and piano - Commissioned by Rob Buckland and Peter Lawson 

1996 Winner of the 'John Dankworth Special Award'- British Jazz Awards. 

1994 "THE PRINTMAKERS SUITE" - celebrating the role of Women in Jazz - Commissioned by 'The Creative Jazz Orchestra' (featured on Radio 3)