I am a composer/performer as well as associate lecturer for the Open University. I combine my creative practice with research into compositional strategies, often looking at music from a cross cultural perspective or in terms of how it differs from other creative arts.
Despite the antipathy of British society towards creative work as an integral part of both expression and education I have worked consistently to set up environments for creative engagement in the community I live in in Oxford. These include Oxford Improvisers and a world music collective Confluence committed to sharing music from the different communities who live in Oxford.
I compose extensively for dance (Moving with the Times is a CD created for Oxford dance performances), in word setting – especially contemporary poetry (Words and Music site) and perform in various bands (Dubwiser, Nonstop Tango).
I have a classics degree from the University of Oxford as well as a diploma in music from the Open University and an MA and PhD in Composition from Oxford Brookes University.
The picture by Chris Atkins is for the forthcoming CD Unnatural Selection by Nonstop Tango – some tracks are available for preview on our Soundcloud site.
As an Honorary Associate I will be engaged in practice-based research into the creation of music for the realisation of dance-based interpretations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, furthering work that I have undertaken with a group that I helped form – Avid for Ovid. Although the research will link Music and Classics I will not be attempting to authentically recreate Roman music – nor will the dancers Roman dance. We seek to explore how dance and music can be used to create narrative for our time using compositional and choreographic ideas of our time whilst learning from the debates and ideas of the Ancient World. Details of our performances and teaching are available on the Avid for Ovid site. Information about upcoming events can be found on the OU Music Department blog.