Writing songs prolifically and being involved in many projects required constant access to extremely costly studios. This led me to the decision of creating my own professional studio.
Driven by the idea to promote ‘prog rock’ bands, who play an eclectic style of music for a specialist audience, I organised, managed and marketed a series of concerts and eventually a 3-day festival in the North Yorkshire town of Knaresborough.
Fascinated with progressive rock and keen to promote the music genre, I approached Howard Priestly, the Phoenix FM Station Manager to consider a progressive rock show at the station, which had not covered the genre before.
Producer Guy Morgan invited me to compose a theme music and collaborate on script writing for the Chocolate City radio play, a community soap opera set in the fictional Clifford’s Chocolate Factory in York.
Silver Lining (with a reduced line-up) performed at my ProgYes festival in 2012. In fact the group had decided to disband earlier that year. Being drawn to their style of music, I discussed the possibility of creating a major new Anglo –French original musical project with their vocalist and lyricist, Thierry Sportouche.