'Geoffrey is a determined young man... I whole-heartedly recommend him to you.'
With a desire to study music further at university, he then took a gap year to 'earn some money' and write some more music to pass the time. It was in this time that Geoffrey wrote the musical The Rise and Fall of Carol Hall which was performed at his old school, The Hayfield School, in Doncaster. After the success of the show, Geoffrey promptly moved to Oxford, to study Music at Oxford Brookes University.
During his time at Brookes, Geoffrey met and collaborated with many great musicians and was also able to hone his compositional skills - experimenting and pushing his own boundaries along the way. Whilst at home, he collaborated with his friends and fellow musicians to form the band Otter's Pocket, which whom he released the album Wasting A Summer in September 2012. Back at University, Geoffrey involved himself in a wide range of musical activities and was a founding member of Brookes' first Opera Society.
Geoffrey has been composing music for ten years. Music has always been a huge part of his life - his earliest memories are of his parents performing in various different musical theatre productions. His own musical journey began at age six, when he began taking piano lessons in his hometown of Doncaster.
During these formative years, music was purely a hobby for Geoffrey, but still it remained a constant through his childhood. By his teen years, he had discovered the electric guitar and good old fashioned Rock 'n Roll. He also became more actively involved with Musical Theatre at his school - music was beginning to take up a sizeable chunk of his life. It was during this time that he started and formed his first band, 'The Rogue' - a band that One Direction's Louis Tomlinson was also part of. Geoffrey also formed another band that would prove to be crucial to his compositional development, named 'Local Heroes'. In the band, he worked closely with his three best friends, writing songs and learning his craft.
As the band grew, so did its members - in 2008 they all went their own separate ways. At this point, Geoffrey was not just writing songs for the band, but also for other little projects in a wide range of genres - whilst simultaneously studying for his A Levels. Every night (after a suitable amount of school work), he would retreat to his room to write music until he was too tired to continue. One day, shortly after his application to study English Literature fell through, a close friend said to him, 'Geoff... why don't you study music?' From that moment he was he was sold on the idea. He would become a composer.
Perhaps the most crucial year of his university career was his final year, where Geoffrey started two main composition projects. The first was a film score for the 'scoreless' Coen Brother's film 'No Country For Old Men', which actually formed the larger part of his Dissertation (for examples, see here). As well as this, Geoffrey also began working on an Opera, handwriting large segments of orchestral music - something he never saw himself doing before he went to Oxford!
Geoffrey graduated from Oxford Brookes with a First Class degree in Music in 2014. He now intends to use the knowledge and skills he has gained over ten years of writing to provide music for whatever project needs music! He will also keep on learning - music like most things in life is a real learning curve!
In terms of his own taste, Geoffrey loves a whole host of different music - from The Beatles to Brahms, from Mozart to 10cc -there are just too many to mention!
In his spare time, Geoffrey enjoys running, reading and watching critically acclaimed television series'.