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.

As an 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 music festival

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.