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I am a composer, pianist, and researcher studying for a D.Phil. (PhD) in Composition at Worcester College, Oxford.
Growing up in Chester, I received piano tuition from John Gough, achieving my DipABRSM in December 2013. In 2014, I began my studies at Oxford with Prof. Robert Saxton; achieving a first-class B.A. in Music and M.St in Composition with distinction.
My works have been performed by ensembles such as the ANIMA Collective, BBC Singers, Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford Philharmonic, Oxford University Sinfonietta, the Choir of St. Pancras Parish Church, and the Villiers Quartet. I have received advice on his works from composers such as Judith Weir, Michael Zev Gordon, Dario Marianelli, and Ross Griffey.
I was awarded the Oxford University Music Society Composition Prize (2019) and the Orlando Prize for Composition (2018) by Church, Oxford. My canticles (Worcester Service) have been commercially recorded by the Worcester College Chapel Choir on the Herald label (HAVPCD 408). My music has been included in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2019.
I am currently a Tutor for Worcester College, Oxford, in 1st-year ‘Global Hip–Hop’, as well as a tutor in GCSE & A-level Music for Greene’s Tutorial College, Oxford. I was also co-interviewer for Organ Scholar interviews at Oxford University in September 2018.
I am an advocate of grounding music tuition in a deep understanding of theory and history, avoiding the weak and very general approach that exam boards sometimes force upon candidates. I think it is important to have an awareness of how extra–musical issues, such as theology and philosophy, affect the development and understanding of music, particularly with respect to an historical understanding of the subject.
There is always a great amount of variety in students’ musical background. Some will be experienced practical musicians, some will be theory–focused, and others may have no extensive training whatsoever. As such, I feel it is important to approach teaching with a flexibility and appreciation of this fact to ensure that each student benefits as much as possible from tuition.
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- University of Oxford (2018) - MSt in Music (Composition) - Distinction (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Oxford (2017) - BA in Music - First-Class Honours (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)