Fred studied composition privately with Justin Connolly and later at the Royal Academy of Music with Paul Patterson. He won many awards and prizes there and was selected to represent RAM at the Westmoreland Concert Series on the South Bank.
His music has been performed by Michael Finnissy at BMIC and also at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He has given premieres of his music at Sydney Opera House, Australia and Alexandra Palace, London. Other venues include St John’s Smith Square, Royal Court Theatre, and Wigmore Hall. He has recorded for BBC, ITV and Channel 4.