Stuart Brown (obviously), born in 1955 (work it out). I wanted to be a composer from around the age of seven, but I kept it as a hobby because it seemed a rather precarious way to earn a living. By profession I'm an international development consultant and have worked in 41 countries between Chile in the west and Vietnam in the east.
I was adopted when I was eight weeks old and my adoptive parents were not musical. My father encouraged my interest in science (which I still enjoy). Music is in my genes, though, as I later discovered. So I guess I have a pretty unusual combination of experience and abilities.
There have been many influences on my musical view of things over the years and these days my musical output is so diverse that specific influences are difficult to pin down. Perhaps elements of Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Messiaen; jazz musicians such as Dave Grusin; the music of countries such as Romania, Bahrain, India and Vietnam; Celtic folk ... and so the list goes on.
I guess that explains the spectrum from modes of limited transposition in my concertos for piano and clarinet, also my 'Nocturne' for solo piano, to the blend of Middle-Eastern and Vietnamese that is my 'Omani Dance Suite' and the eclectic fusion of rock, Renaissance and Greek traditional styles in 'Masquerade' (which had a five-year-old Vietnamese girl dancing around a room in Hanoi!)
I compose on impulse in response to need. Ironically my very best music has been written in response to situations of great personal tragedy, such as the premature death of a young lady, the devastation caused by the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal or human rights abuses in Burma.
My main instruments are the piano and the recorders. I used to play the oboe also, which is why my music often features quite exquisite oboe parts. Though not completely self-taught my technique is distinctly unorthodox (e.g. glissandi on a recorder or playing two recorders at once).
I am happily married (since 1978), with a son, a daughter and four lovely grandchildren. I've been a committed Christian since 1975. Although based in southwest England I have travelled widely in my work as a development consultant. I enjoy cooking Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Moroccan, Italian and Spanish cuisines.
Fantastic work ... The final movement was brilliant. I adored the way it approached an almost shimmering Gamelan type texture at times. Thanks for a great listen.
Charlie Jackson-Allen, on 'A Himalaya Concerto' Musician, Trowbridge, England
A major new work ... stunning. I love it. The music is so fresh, beautifully written and takes you straight into the heart of the Himalayas.
Idris Harries, on 'A Himalaya Concerto' Clarinettist, Queensland, Australia
Beautifully done. Very powerful. You have captured the way that great mountains seduce, invite adventure and bring the spirit out to play – yet sometimes terrify.
Emily Barroso, on 'A Himalaya Concerto' Writer, London, England
I must say that the clarinet part certainly is challenging. You have stretched the instrument to new paths. Very impressive work indeed!
Louis Panacciulli, on 'A Himalaya Concerto' Music Director, Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, NY, USA
It's beautiful! Evocative and somehow location specific. What a creative feat to compose this.
An artist from Papua New Guinea, on 'A Himalaya Concerto'
It is extraordinary, haunting and powerful! It would be stunning with orchestra! Congratulations it is very special.
An instrument technician from Australia, on 'A Himalaya Concerto'
I love the harmonies. The tension and release reminds me of the Tallis Fantasia and the Tavener piece sung at Princess Diana’s funeral.
Idris Harries, on 'Elegy for Strings' Clarinettist, Queensland, Australia
This is absolutely beautiful. It is truly inspired.
Jane Butler, on 'O Love' Holt, England
This is a beautiful piece. My High School choir thoroughly enjoyed it. The melodies and harmonies are gorgeous and flow wonderfully with the text. I would highly recommend this piece to any choir.
Mary Morgan, on 'O Love' Park City, Utah, USA
One of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard.
Benedict Rogers, on 'O Love' London, England
Enjoyed very much listening to the songs. A flavour of innocence and freshness is woven into the melodic lines. It moves with grace and freedom without any hint of the constraints of convention sometimes found in song composition.
Stephen Skews, on 'Idylls' Trowbridge, England
I don't know how you managed to do it, but you've succeeded in making this sound more original than the original.
Kenneth Pelmear (1923-1995), on 'An Hos Los Coth' (1974) Musician and composer
You play in tongues with your hands on the piano.
Makiko Nakachi Concert pianist, Prague, Czech Republic