A long career in music and education followed undergraduate studies at Aberystwyth university where opportunities to conduct choral ensembles and perform regularly as a soloist and member of ensembles set the pattern for subsequent decades. A post graduate teaching diploma and research in music education preceded a teaching career characterised by implementing innovative methods, and contributing significantly to teacher education nationally.
Spending over two and a half decades leading and developing the music department of Canterbury Christ Church University, he was responsible for initiating new programmes both at undergraduate and post graduate level and introducing a wide ranging level of study opportunity from Access courses to PhD . He was appointed the first music professor of the university in 2000 and his collaboration with Prof Stephen Clift led to the publication of a seminal work (The perceived benefits of singing: findings from preliminary surveys of a university college choral society.) and the founding of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health.
His association with the Maggini Quartet led to them being appointed Quartet in residence in 1994 and to further develop the special relationship with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with all ten Naxos quartets rehearsed and realised in Canterbury by the Maggini in partnership with the then Master of the Queens Music. During his tenure as head of department music he confirmed Maurice as an integral and vital part both of the life of the University and the community which it serves.
He led the fund raising campaign for the St. Gregory's project but left the university in 2012 prior to the opening. He established a charity the Canterbury Cantata Trust, an umbrella organisation advocating Caring Through Singing through all of its constituent groups . In 2010 he founded Sing to Beat Parkinson's reflecting his passion both to deliver and research group singing activities for people with the condition and further his long term aim to establish nationally Singing on Prescription.
He was awarded the MBE for services to music (2005)and a Civic Award from Canterbury City Council (2006) and is also an Honorary Professor of Music and Well being at Kent University and an adjunct professor of the Queensland Conservatoire Research Centre of Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.