Welcome to my website, and thanks for visiting.
I am a freelance composer, arranger and educator based in Birmingham, UK. I work with a wide range of musicians in various genres, and enjoying collaborating on projects. You can find excerpts of my music on the Listen page.
I freelance doing music education workshops and you can find out more about this on my education work page. One such activity involves being ensemble leader for Old Park Primary School‘s ensembles as part ofIn Harmony Telford & Stoke, which I absolutely love!
In addition to my freelance work I am Learning Co-ordinator for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Here’s the first of our photos from our recent photoshoot. We spent some time lurking in the canal underworld of Birmingham, even doing an impromptu gig for some interested passersby…
Photos courtesy of Noelle T. Angus.
Here’s a track recorded by the band I recently joined – Lionel Street Players. The track is called Dubz. Hope you like it!
Yesterday was a busy day at In Harmony Telford & Stoke. We had our Christmas Concerts – 4 concerts in one day! It was fantastic! All the children performed really well – and both they and the parents seemed to thoroughly enjoy it.
They premiered my new piece Fantastic and Splendid as well as doing some arrangements I had done. Hopefully I will be able to share some recordings on here as well.
And I was also present with this lovely A3 size card from my year 2 string orchestra! Sweet!
Been pretty busy this term so not had much time to update this blog! Anyway, I’ve been working with In Harmony Telford and Stoke, directing the Telford orchestras which is a fantastic challenge but thoroughly enjoyable. I lead 4 ensembles: 90 Year 2 strings; 60 Year 30 Strings; two orchestras with around 100 mixed instruments from years 4 – 6 in each. My orchestra day is really tiring but really rewarding. The children are doing so well.
I’ve composed some of the music, and others bits I’ve written backing tracks for – snippets of which are on the video below.
Here’s a little video about the project (you can even see me in a cowboy hat…) Enjoy!
You can find out more info about the project at their website.
As I posted about a few months ago, earlier this year I was involved in BCMG’s Resolution project, exploring scientific research through music and I composed a piece for secondary school students to perform. As part of my research, I drew a little storyboard which was made into a little film (thanks to Jonathan Lee). I’ve finally managed to put the audio recording of the performance by the students together with the animation. And here it is (make sure you turn your sound up – the beginning is very quiet):
‘Molecular mimicry’ is a term that describes the process of the body’s immune system mis-recognising its own antigens (particular proteins which live on the surface of cells) for those of a foreign pathogen and attacking itself. This piece explores the hypothesized process of the body developing Sjögrens syndrome.
Firstly the musical form of an oral bacterium called Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. Gingivalis) is heard:
This bacteria, or pathogen, is very similar in appearance to some of the body’s own cells. In the music this is represented rhythmically similar harmonies. The melody and harmonies are locked into by another rhythm:
This depicts the way the body uses a ‘lock and key’ type mechanism when discovering and reacting to particular antigens. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIN5sSUlZWk
This in turn triggers an immune response – an alarm – and the body begins to attack itself. In Sjögrens Syndrome this takes a number of forms, one of which is that the tear ducts and mouth dry up, shown in the music by the change from loud resonant sounds into high pitched dry, scratchy sounds.
So I have now got hold of two recordings from the CBSO Our City Our Past project, which I posted about before.
The first is a performance of the piece A River Through History, composed and performed by young people from Shenley Academy at the CBSO Centre in May 2013.
The second recording is of an arrangement I made of the piece for full orchestra, performed wonderfully by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in June 2013, conducted by Michael Seal.