Since beginning to play piano & percussion in music therapy at the age of about 4,
music has been an important passion for me.
Performance and composition / improvisation
have been means of expression
and communication for me. I like music that takes me somewhere,
that makes me feel confident,
happy, optimistic, proud, that makes me shiver, or that reflects the
mood I am in. Music has also been, and continues to be, a way of making friends.
Studying / Performing
After progressing to grade 7 (ABRSM) on piano I studied music at secondary school & college. I studied music (piano, composition) at Roehampton Uni
(BMus, 1999-'02). I wrote a thesis
on Philip Glass'
opera trilogy; Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten. I gained
as a piano accompanist for an intimate female choir &
a string trio.
I helped a singer pass a grade exam.
I studied TV & Film composition at Kingston Uni (2002-03). I got involved
with an arts event / exhibition called "transit station" and travelled from London (Nov '03)
to Berlin ('05) & Edinburgh ('06) &
collaborated (as composer / pianist)
with dancers, live
artists & film makers.
I was an accompanist at Sheen
Mount School in Richmond Upon Thames in 2005. In 2007 I gained experience as a youth music tutor at a youth centre. I worked as an accompanist at St John's (primary) School in 2011.
Between 2011-13 I accompanied a singer-songwriter called Nix Nugent. We performed around London and further afield. I also accompanied a University student for their end of year ensemble singing performancea assessment.
I can also play the drums and have performed with various bands across London.
I am currently studying Rachmaninoff's G minor & C# minor
preludes and Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu in C# minor. I am also reminding myself of Beethoven's Sonata in D minor, which is often called the 'Tempest'.
In 2005 I produced the soundtrack for a film produced by Right Charlie
a score for a short film (The Spotter, dir. Li,
students at the London Film Academy).
I am composing an opera called We All Know Too Much
In January 2013 I started an online music promotion company called Cheeky Promo.
Music I like
Some of the first things I remember listening to, and loving were the songs my mum
used to sing and play and then the music I was playing on the piano from the age
of around 5, and then when I was 8, I fell in love with Tchaikovsky's music
for the Nutcracker and Queen's album The Works.
I like rock, esp Queen; I saw the musical "We Will Rock You" in London.
I wrote about Queen's music for the films Highlander & Flash Gordon and
was fortunate to receive an email via the Queen fan club from Brian May about Highlander. . I heard Brian May play at London's
Royal Albert Hall in May 2004 as a 'Friend' of the Italian singer Zucchero and then again with Kerry Ellis when they wre promoting their album called Anthems.
My mum used to play guitar & sing folk music
(Peter, Paul & Mary, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez etc).
Pop Cat Stevens, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Crosby, Stills & Nash, 10cc, Supertramp
(post) Minimal (Reich, Adams, Glass & Riley). I have seen/heard Glass perform a number of times,
as a so pianist, with his ensemble
and with other musicians. I saw Glass' 1980 opera Satyagraha,
and John Adams' 2005 opera Dr Atomic (both at the ENO in London).
Classical - Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Chopin, Elgar, Handel, Mozart,
Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky & Verdi. I love singing as a bass in various choirs.
Musicals Lerner/Loewe’s Guys n Dolls (NT, 1997), Queen/Ben Elton We Will Rock You
Boogie / Big band / Jazz Jools Holland, Jimmy Scott, Miles Davis, Getz & Gilberto.
Gamelan (site 1, site 2), Indian ( Ravi Shankar), Electronic music (Aphex Twin).
Film/TV John WIlliams, Danny Elfman, Newmans, Howard Shore
If there's anything else you want to know, just ask.