Born in 1960, Graham studied at the Royal Academy of Music under the watchful eye of James Blades. On leaving London he taught for two years in his home town of Nottingham as a peripatetic percussion tutor before going freelance as a player in 1984. He has worked with many orchestras in the UK, notably with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Opera North, joining the latter as Sub-Principal Percussion in 1992. He is also the timpanist of ViVA, the Midlands based chamber orchestra.
In recent years Graham has justified his time in front of a PC screen by undertaking a considerable amount of music preparation and copying for various orchestras; he also works as an arranger and orchestrator.