Les has worked with some of the worlds finest Jazz musicians, including Kenny Wheeler,
John Taylor, Mike Walker, Andy Schofield, Richard Iles, Steve Berry, Ian Ballamy to name
but a few. Recent projects have included an album with Neil Yates ‘New Origins’ and his
continuing collaborations with Steve Berry.
Throughout his career composition has been central to his musical life especially in the
contemporary classical field. He studied composition with Paul Mitchel-Davidson and Bill
Connor. Les has written music for orchestra, piano, organ and particularly for choir which
has always been a natural medium for him since his days as a chorister.
Improvisation still features strongly in a number of these works, as in a recent
commission for Manchester youth string orchestra two pieces to commemorate 9 / 11
Without Justice there can be no peace and Prayer (2005).
Parallel to his career as a Jazz pianist and composer Les has been an active teacher for the
past 17 years