After leaving school with a grade 5 clarinet certificate and an O-level in music (quite some time ago now), I have really had very little to do with anything musical, beyond the odd tinkle of the ivories and, of course, listening to CDs. I never played the clarinet again.
A few years ago, I had an opportunity to try out the Sibelius music notation software. Furnished with what little I could recall about a dominant V leading to the tonic, I tried a few chords on the software and I was hooked. The software was pricey, but when Version 7 was released, I bought a copy of my own (something I couldn't have afforded to do until quite recently) and it really is (nearly) like playing with your own orchestra.
I know it's not really the same, and I know that, ultimately it is soulless beyond whatever life my own imagination endows it with. I know it's not "real" music: but I'm never going to have the chance to play with a real orchestra, so this is a happy compromise.
I'm learning as I go, from scratch, from occasional composing tutorials I find online, and from my own mistakes. Sometimes I find it hard to finish a piece and some of them have definitely ended up too long: but that is a mistake even Mahler made.
I do hesitate to think of myself as a composer, even with a small "c": for the reasons above, this isn't real live music, and I think what a Composer does is make real live music, I put single notes, key-stroke by mouse-click, onto a stave, and see what they sound like and make corrections until i like how it sounds.
Perhaps one day I will think of myself as a Composer.Until then, I hope you enjoy some of what you hear.
If by any chance Mr Boynton from DGSB should come across any of my music, I apologise in advance: your tuition deserved better than this.