I read music at Oxford, followed by postgraduate degree studies at the Universities of Sussex and Oxford. I have been teaching undergraduates at Oxford for many years, holding lectureships at Hertford College (1989-2008) where I was director of studies, and at Oriel College since 2012. I am a composer.
I have taught a wide range of historical and technical subjects and currently teach the Music Analysis papers and the Modernism in Vienna topic.
My music history research interests are reflected in the articles I have published on works by Schoenberg, Schnittke, Lutoslawski and Walton. As a composer, my music has won awards (1989 PA Composition Award, 1995 Composers’ Guild of Great Britain/MCPS Prize) and been performed across the UK, in Belgium, Netherlands, 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. Hildegard Sequences, written for the medieval ensemble Mediva, was released on CD in 2016 and nominated for an ICMA Classical Music Award. My arrangement for chamber orchestra of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto has recently been performed in Vienna, Italy and the UK.