Charles McCreery was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy and Psychology.
While at Eton he won the Rowe Cup for junior pianists, and in his final year performed Weber's Konzertstuck with a chamber orchestra.
As an undergraduate he studied piano with Hilda Bor, and won a piano class, adjudicated by Herbert Howells, at the Willesden Music Festival.
From 1988 to 1991 he held a Perrott Warrick Studentship from Trinity College, Cambridge, and from 1996 to 2000 he was Lecturer in Experimental Psychology at Magdalen College, Oxford.
He has a doctorate from Oxford University for research on hallucinatory experiences in normal people, and is the author of a number of books, including 'Lucid Dreaming, the Paradox of Consciousness During Sleep' (Routledge), co-authored with Celia Green.
Charles McCreery is a member of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and an associate member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. In 1996 his Elegy for violin and piano was shortlisted for the Match Composition Prize.