~ Bio & CV
The first song I learnt to play was the Toploader version of Dancing in the Moonlight on piano. The first song I wrote came about two weeks later, and was very nearly the Toploader version of Dancing in the Moonlight. But despite limited creative input to my Opus 1, I couldn't believe how much fun it was writing music.
While studying for my undergrad at SOAS in London I decided I wanted to bring an ensemble together to perform some of the things I'd been writing, and so began a grand recruitment tour of every orchestra, choir and ensemble I could find. Conductors, it turns out, are rather protective of their players, and every polite email requesting an audience with a group was less than politely declined. So I went rogue, sneaking into rehearsals during tea breaks to pounce on unsuspecting instrumentalists and accosting anyone carrying a violin case on the tube. At any rate, somehow I wound up with four talented, generous musicians for a rehearsal in a tiny, freezing room with hand-written parts. The sound of four personalities phrasing, shaping and speaking parts I'd written with nuance so completely their own was extraordinary to me. This group became JMT, an ensemble I still run and write for, and convinced to get into composing in a more serious way.
Alongside writing for the concert hall, I've had the privilege of variously composing, musical directing, playing and singing with Deafinitely Theatre at Shakespeare's Globe (Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream), Blind Summit at Soho Theatre (The Heads), Sam Lee, Tenor Charles Castronovo at The King's Head (Dolce Napoli), Night Light Theatre (Lamplighter's Lament, Rift Zone R&D), Trikhon Theatre (Dreams from a Bombshell), Tin Box (various projects) and many more, and also developing my own theatre piece, Daphnis Rising.
As well as writing and playing music, I operated the head of a 20 meter Voldemort puppet for the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Not strictly relevant, but a lot of fun.
(For a more comprehensive list of past projects, please see CV)
If you are interested in a comission or collaboration, plese don't hesitate to get in touch.