He received his earliest musical education at Westminster Cathedral choir school, where he acted as assistant to George Malcolm at the organ from the age of 12. He subsequently studied at the Royal College of Music with Gordon Jacob and John Churchill. During this time he worked with Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Malcolm Sargent.
Former Master of Music at the Westminster Cathedral Choir, artistic director of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and choral director for the Irish national broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). He also conducted the first performance of the early music vocal ensemble Pro Cantione Antiqua.