Keith took up the bassoon as a second study whilst at the Royal Academy of Music studying piano and after a year it became a joint first. On leaving the Academy he joined the BBC Training Orchestra and during this time gained a lot of experience with many top conductors and soloists including many live broadcasts. From there he joined the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra playing all kinds of music and a great deal of live television.
Keith taught bassoon for a couple of years in Yorkshire before joining the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, playing in concerts throughout North and South Island.
On his return to these shores, he moved to the Midlands where he began to teach wind in Staffordshire. During this time he became principal bassoon with Orchestra Da Camera, a position he still holds. Later he was invited to become principal bassoon with the English Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of William Boughton) and during this period had the honour to work with Yehudi Menhuin, playing in concerts in Germany, France and Switzerland and later with Vernon Handley. In addition he has featured on many of the ESO’s recordings.
During his years in the Midlands teaching the bassoon, many of his pupils have gone on to study the bassoon at Music College and enjoy successful careers in the music profession.
Keith has been married for over 30 years to Diane and has two children.