began his musical studies at the relatively late age of seventeen. This
led to his gaining a place to study piano and composition at London's Guildhall School of Music under a
Major Award from the County Borough of Brighton.
Deadman has since developed a strong interest in setting poetry to music which as included work by Thomas Hardy, John
Keats and the contemporary American poet, George Van Deventer.
However, Deadman's particular interest is the work of John Clare, the nineteenth century 'peasant poet'.
This led him to compose settings of eight Clare's short poems from The Midsummer Cushion which were recorded by
Kevin Starns (tenor), Bill Young (bass) and Nova Teasdale (piano) and are available from Claudio website
(Cat: CS00668-2 Eight Song Settings from the poems of John Clare) and Amazon or iTunes.
Two of these settings were studied by Kevin at a Master class given by Jonathon Hinden at the
'International All Singing Summer School' held at Ardingly College in West Sussex.
In 2004 George and Arlene Van Deventer, under a grant from St Botolph's Club Foundation, Boston, USA, came to England
from America to perform the songs at two John Clare festivals: St. Heller, in the Channel Isles and at
Deadman later set the songs for S.A.T.B. under the title Clare Country which was premiered by
Peterborough Choral Society at Thorney Abbey in Cambridgeshire. This was followed by performances of the
work by The Water Gap Singers in New Jersey, New York and by Brighton Choral Society as part of Brighton
Deadman's next choral work was a commission by Sheepscot Valley Choral Society for an S.A.T.B. setting of
George Van Deventer's poem, I am Singing which was given its premiere performance by the society
under the direction of Linda Blanchard at Wiscasset, Maine, USA in 2008.
In addition to lieder, Deadman has composed songs for primary schools including the setting of some
humorous poems of Trevor Harvey. These include Five Funny Songs, published by Alan Simmons Music.
He has also collaborated with the American writer, Sandra Dutton for the musical Just a Matter of
Time, which was premiered at the Sage Theater, off Broadway, New York.