As a pianist he recorded the complete piano sonatas of Joseph Haydn. He also composed for film and television including Hammer Horror films in the 1970's.
He was principal of the London College of Music (1983-1990) and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the universities of Cincinnati, USA and Melbourne, Australia, and in 1985 was artist in residence at the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia. He was chairman of the Association of Professional Composers and Incorporated Society of Musicians, involved with the Royal Philharmonic Society, Musicians Union and Performing Rights Society. A champion of British music, he was president of the British Music Society and the Friends of Alan Rawsthorne, and patron of the William Alwyn Foundation.