Timothy is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), University of London and York University. At the Academy he studied with Alan Bush after which he continued his studies privately with Professor David Blake (funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust), all whilst pursuing a multi-faceted career which included composition, arranging, performance and teaching. He completed his DPhil in composition in 1988 under the supervision of Dr David Kershaw.
He has taught at the RAM since 1979. He is currently Alan Bush Lecturer and was for many years an undergraduate tutor. His list of compositions includes orchestral, chamber and instrumental works, songs, choral works, theatre music and documentary film music. He has worked extensively with youth orchestras. Works for guitar feature prominently in his output: two have been awarded first prize in international competitions (Domecq International Guitar competition ‘Search for New Music’ and the Tokyo International Guitar Festival Composer’s award). During the 1980s he was Associate Composer with the award-winning Finnish choir Campanella, with whom he made series of recordings as composer and arranger. He has worked on an Art’s Council educational project for Nexus Opera and was the featured composer at the Bartók Institute, Miskolc, Hungary from 1997–9, with major performances at the Merlin Contemporary Music Festival (Budapest) in 1998. He has also composed five Sonatas for brass (commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music and published by QTP) and four other works for brass solo/ensemble.