About me

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.

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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 BeachSatyagraha and Akhnaten. I gained experience 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'.

Composing

In 2005 I produced the soundtrack for a film produced by Right Charlie Prod's (Death (G)row),  a score for a short film (The Spotter, dir. Li, prod. Main, 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 & MaryTom PaxtonJoan Baez etc).

Pop Cat StevensPenguin Cafe OrchestraCrosby, Stills & Nash10ccSupertramp

(post) Minimal (ReichAdams, 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 1site 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.

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