My interest in composition began at an early age. By the time I was in VI Form I was regular writing and arranging music for the various orchestras, jazz bands and small ensembles.
undergraduate at Birmingham University I was lucky enough to work with both Vic
Hoyland and Michael Zev Gordon who were the lecturers in composition. I was
also introduced to electronic composition, both tape- and computer-based by
Jonty Harrison, and gained a great deal of experience working with BEAST (The
Birmingham Elecrtonic and Acoustic Studios).
During my time at Birmingham I created a
number of large-scale works, including my final-year composition On the Passing
of Time... for symphony orchestra which was premierred as part of a University
Specialising in Contemporary Music Performance for my MA at the Birmingham Conservatoire, I frequently performed contemporary music in small and large-scale ensembles. In particular, I performed with the Thallein Ensemble under the baton of composer Edwin Roxburgh, which involved numerous mixed-media performances.
After this I studied as a performer at the
Britten-Pears School for Advanced Music Studies based at Snape
in Suffolk. This included performances and masterclasses on
contemporary performance led by Director Oliver Knussen, and
working closely with both emerging composers such as Anna
Meredith, and more established figures such as Magnus Lindburg.
I performed several times in the Aldeburgh and Snape Festivals
as part of small-scale contemporary ensembles.