Artist, Thinker, Creative Doer
My aim is to bring high-quality musical experiences to all, as audience members and performers.
Music holds an incredible power: to move, to explain and to inspire. The desire to introduce power to those who might not otherwise encounter it is the thread that ties together my diverse career in conducting, translating and artistic leadership.
I am a strategic arts leader with a PhD from the University of Warwick, having initiated and led a wide range of artistic projects as a conductor, translator and artistic lead.
As a conductor, I have trained under Paul McGrath (University of Warwick) and Toby Purser (Royal College of Music) and am mentored by Mark Heron (Royal Northern College of Music).
I am privileged to regularly conduct opera – so far 22 in total – spanning the repertory from Monteverdi (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Warwick Arts Centre Theatre) to the present day.
I regularly conduct as a guest conductor (e.g. EU Chamber Orchestra) and also with my company HighTime, at the Belgrade Theatre where I am currently resident as a Springboard Artist.
My work in opera allows me to indulge my passion for immediately accessible translations of opera: most recently a grime Die Fledermaus (Bat Out of Hackney) for Hackney Empire; an “Oxford Don” Don Giovanni for Hampstead Garden Opera; and a more traditional Carmen for Warwick Arts Centre.
I act as musical director for a number of amateur choirs, spanning the spectrum of genres and previous experiences: from the Cheshire Fire Choir (a 16-strong modern music choir from Gareth Malone’s Sing Whilst You Work) to Ex Urbe (20-part chamber choir with recordings for Radio 3) and from the Warwickshire Choristers (the largest unauditionned boys choir in the UK) to Hampton Singers (a traditional 60-strong choral society).
As a leader, I am Artistic Director of Warwickshire Choristers and sit on the Board of Warwickshire Music Education Hub.