Performance History

I appreciate that this page is just a dull list of dates and events with no whizz graphics to liven it up. That’s why I’ve done the ‘Musical Memories’ next door, basically a photo album of memories with a little snippet of info … 

2017             Director of Music for Cirencester Abbey900 celebrations
                      Commission to write choral work using Medieval Cirencester manuscripts
2016             Commission to write song for cancer charity ‘Hope for Tomorrow’
2015-16       Performances of WW1 choral commissions in Cheltenham and Stroud 
2015             Commission to write music for Nailsworth Church’s 300th anniversary
2014             Commissions to write music for the Great War commemorations
2014             Pianist for ‘An Evening of Spirituals’ with Tenor Robert Short in Nantwich.
2014             Accompanist for The Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts – 1st place for pupils!
2013             Pianist for The Thames Head Singers and The Stroud Light Music Choir
2011             Directed band to play ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ on the top of the Malvern Hills!
2010             Commission to write choral piece for unveiling of Last Supper painting
2009             Directed choirs at the Arnhem Memorial Service (Down Ampney Church)
2007-2014   Directed school concerts at the Elgar Birthplace
2006-2012    Director, composer/arranger, singer  – Copious Notes
2006-2012    Chairman of the Judges – South West Rotary Young Musician Final    
2000-2010    Musical director for many school musicals (Guys and Dolls, Bugsy Malone, Oliver)
2002-2005    Composed and directed Evensongs at Worcester and Bristol Cathedrals
2000-2012    Organist and Pianist, Director from 2008 (Stroud Baptist Church)
2000-2010    Adjudicator of Music Competitions in many Senior schools
1999-2010    Regular accompanist at Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts
1996             Directed music tour to twin the ‘Water Towns’ of Malvern and Evian
                      Orchestral arranger for Ernest Read Christmas concerts (Festival Hall) 
1994             Director/Conductor – The Downs Community Choir (95 SATB)
                      Arranged Verdi’s Requiem for 2 grand pianos and four pianists (Malvern)
                      Founded and directed The Downs Performing Arts Summer School    
1993             Co-conductor Worcester Male Voice Choir. Conducted 400 Welshmen in Worcester
                      Cathedral concert
                      Trained a group of Russian orphans for Richard Stilgoe’s musical premiere ‘Brilliant
                      the Dinosaur’ (Symphony Hall)
1992             Worked with Richard Stilgoe at his SHARE music course for the severely disabled (Keswick)
1992             Founder / Director  – Worcestershire Youth Pop Festival
1991             Accompanist – Malvern Suzuki Strings
                      Accompanist for soloists at the Malvern Festival                                   
1989             Performing Arts liaison with five Leicestershire schools to create piece for the
                      Haymarket Theatre        
1988             Created and produced music theatre piece fusing Bhangra and Hip Hop (Phoenix
                      Theatre)
1986             Pianist for London Schools Choir Competition (Royal Festival Hall)
1985-9         Dancer/singer with New English Orchestra – concerts in London and Salzburg
1985             Wrote musical about life of Scott Joplin (‘Great Scott – It’s Joplin!)
                      Performed Hans Werner Henze world premiere of ‘Labyrinth’ (Huddersfield
                      Contemporary Music Festival)
1984             Produced ‘Aladdin’ with a cast of 140 – an entire church congregation (Birmingham)
1983             The Soldier in Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’ (Birmingham)
1982-5           Piano studies with Joseph Weingarten at the Birmingham Conservatoire
                      Music, Drama & Dance degree at Birmingham (Nigel Fortune, John Joubert, Greg Rose)
1979-81       Musical director/pianist for several musicals (Sweeney Todd, O What a Lovely War)
1977             Started as official music exam accompanist (ABRSM &Trinity)
1974             Six-week opening run of the very first ‘Joseph’ working alongside Jeremy Irons,
                      Alan Rickman & Ben Cross (Leicester Haymarket)
1969             Won a medal (Piano solo) at the Cheltenham Music Festival
1968             Started Piano lessons