MA(Oxon) MA PhD (Dunelm) FTCL LRSM FHEA
I’m a musician and academic, and this page gives a brief outline of my present and past activities.
In April 2017, I took up my present post as Frank Bridge Research Fellow at The Royal College of Music, where I also teach academic studies, having previously held postdoctoral positions at Cambridge and Birmingham Universities. I am also Director of Music at Deddington Parish Church in North Oxfordshire.
Having completed my PhD on the music of Herbert Howells, I have continued to focus predominantly on English music (including Elgar, Britten, Dyson, Rubbra and Bridge). I’m currently editing a book of essays on Frank Bridge and writing a biography of Herbert Howells. Details of my recent project completing the Cello Concerto of Herbert Howells can be found here.
I received my early musical education at Bradford Grammar School and Blackburn Cathedral, reading music at Oxford University, where I was Organ Scholar of Keble College and studied with Colm Carey, Nicolas Kynaston, David Sanger and Nigel Allcoat. Upon graduating I took up the position of Assistant Organist at Perth Cathedral, Western Australia, where I also performed in the Perth International Festival and taught students at the University of Western Australia. I returned to England to take up the position of College Organist and Music Teacher at Bradfield College. I continued my performance studies with Dame Gillian Weir at Durham University, graduating with distinction in 2009. Between 2009-2015 I completed my PhD (part-time) in Historical Musicology and Analysis under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Dibble, whilst also working for the university on the development of its extra-curricular music programme and as organist of Durham School.