I am a musician based in York, UK, currently studying for a PhD at the University of York funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I work as a composer and analyst, writing music for both the concert stage and for other projects, and have had my music performed by artists such as orkest de ereprijs (Holland), Stranded Ensemble (King’s College London), The Chimera Ensemble, Kreutzer Quartet, Richard Casey and Bright Cecilia.
As a performer I play music in many different contexts, though I concentrate on contemporary chamber music, especially in a context where the group can work directly with the composer.
As well as composing and performing, I am engaged with music in other ways, including organisation, having acted as Festival Manager for the York Spring Festival of New Music 2010, and Chair of the Chimera Ensemble Committee 2009-10. I still work alongside the Spring Festival team as a designer.
I am artistic director of Dark Inventions, a new ensemble formed my myself and Christopher Leedham to perform contemporary music in a more natural context. By programming new music with earlier repertoire, we curate events which engage and entertain, as well as challenging our audience.
I am also a keen photographer, mainly for my own enjoyment with photos published at www.digitalback.co.uk, but also undertaking some freelance work.
My PhD concerns music of the last 100 or so years and engages with ideas of time and form – particularly those associated with notions of brevity – through composition and analysis. I am working with music by Webern, Stravinsky, Kurtág and George Benjamin and composing music for a wide variety of ensembles.
Awards and Grants
2013-14 Sound and Music Embedded Scheme – British Music Collection (with University of Huddersfield and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival)
2013-14 Sound and Music Composer-Curator Scheme (supporting a tour by Dark Inventions)
2013 York Annual Fund (funding to record EP with Dark Inventions)
2013 Orkest de Ereprijs Young Composers’ Meeting 2013 (composition participant)
2013 Music Department Research Committee grant and Arts and Humanities Research Council Travel Grant (to attend Young Composers’ Meeting 2013, Holland)
2012 Lyons Celebration Award (more info)
2011-2014 Arts and Humanities Research Council – Doctoral funding (PhD)
2010-2011 Arts and Humanities Research Council – Research Preparation funding (MA)
2009 Edd Burrell Music Prize (University of York)
2009 Chimera Ensemble Undergraduate Commission
2008 Wilfrid Mellers Music Prize (University of York)
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