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I am a composer, with a particular interest in using mediaeval compositional techniques in an idiom informed by modernism, and in the programming of performances of contemporary music together with music of the past.
I specialise in the music of Arnold Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, and in the wider cultural context of early twentieth-century Vienna.
My main teaching interests are in musical analysis. I enjoy working collaboratively with students, and using a range of technical and contextual approaches, to unpack musical scores and access the richness of musical understanding to be got from informed reading of the music itself.
I teach Trinity students for the Music Analysis papers in both Prelims and Finals. I also do some teaching for Techniques of Composition, and I teach twentieth-/twenty-first century topics such as ‘Modernism in Vienna, 1900-35’. I have experience of teaching most areas of the Oxford undergraduate course. I also hold a lectureship at Oriel College.
As a composer my music has been performed across the UK, in Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Italy and Germany, and broadcast on Radio 3. Performers have included The Swingle Singers, Hilliard Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Coull String Quartet, Jane Manning and the London Schubert Players. A major collaboration with the medieval ensemble Mediva culminated in a CD recording which was nominated for an ICMA Classical Music Award. I have also won a number of other composition awards (PA Composition Award, Composers’ Guild of Great Britain/MCPS Prize and a Serocki International Composer’s Competition prize).
I have published articles on Schoenberg, Lutoslawski, Walton and Schnittke. My arrangement for chamber orchestra of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto has been performed in Vienna, Italy and the UK and is published (including for performance hire) by Schirmer/Belmont music.
I regularly write (well-reviewed) liner notes and other material for Odradek Records, an award-winning musician-led label. These have included recordings of Schoenberg, Elliott Carter, Unsuk Chin and Akira Miyoshi.
You can find out more about my work here.
Hildegard Sequences (composition for mediaeval instrumental ensemble): CD recording (2016) of Sequentiae Hildegardenses by Mediva (dir. Ann Allen) Odradek ODRCD322
Canto Celato (trio for clarinet, violin & piano) awarded a prize at the 2019 Serocki International Composers’ Competition, performed and broadcast in Poland
Robin’s Lament (chamber orchestra) winner of the 1995 Composers’ Guild of Great Britain/MCPS Prize and performed by Britten Sinfonia (cond. Peter Maxwell Davies) and broadcast on Radio 3
Schoenberg Piano Concerto – reduced orchestration for 14 players (2016)
The Interaction of Form and Material in Schoenberg’s op.33b Tempo 259, (2012)
Witold Lutosławski and the Craft of Writing Nothing Tempo 253 (2010)
From reviews of Hildegard Sequences:
“startling with refreshingly tart, spiny, intense, colourful, challenging, demanding, busy yet transparent textures” (Rebecca Tavener, Choir & Organ)