B i o g r a p h y
I am a composer of primarily opera and chamber music, having written and performed three operas, Collision (2016), The Storm (2017), and Last Thursday (2018) as well as vocal music and incidental music for theatre. I am particularly interested in ways of writing music that is complex and critical but simultaneously accessible to non-specialists. I am currently a Teaching Assistant at Glasgow University music department.
My compositional studies began with a music BA, with Dr Deborah Pritchard at University College, Oxford, followed by an AHRC-funded MSt with Profs Robert Saxton and Martyn Harry at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and an LAHP-funded PhD at King's College London, with Profs Silvina Milstein and George Benjamin. I have worked with the Oxford Philomusica, the BBC Singers, the New Music Players , Ensemble ANIMA, the Cavaleri Quartet, Mark Simpson, Jonathan Powell and Richard Casey, as well as a great deal of student musicians.
As a composer I am interested in the possibilities of multimedia, referentiality and other devices by which music can relate to a wider socio-cultural context. In particular, I am intrigued by tropes of irony and seriousness in music and how the distinction between these can easily be destabilised to darkly comic effect. Furthermore, I am concerned by issues of immediacy and expression in the perception of contemporary classical music, issues that I explored during my PhD from psychological and philosophical perspectives.
During my master's degree I founded the RendezVous concert series, established for the performance of student compositions by student musicians, which is still ongoing. I was also involved in the formation of Spectra Ensemble, a group established for the exploration of stage composition and the legacy of early modernism. Performances have so far have included my opera Collision, Ethel Smythe's The Boatswain's Mate and Franz Schreker's Chamber Symphony alongside my piece A Cosmic Joke and Wassily Kandinsky's 'colour opera' The Yellow Sound.