Take a look at this feature article on my music from the newspaper.
I’ve been singing since the age of 8 and composing since the age of 12. I’ve had the chance to learn from some amazing people over the years, like Elizabeth Swain, Tobias Cole, Nicholas Routley, Winsome Evans, David Drury, Daniel Hyde and Edward Wickham, and sing with some amazing groups, like The Pocket Score Company, the choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, the Cambridge Medieval Music Group, Gaita, the Sydney Chamber Choir and the Renaissance Players.
I’m living, working and singing in Canberra, Australia now, and have previously lived, studied and sung in Sydney, Australia and Cambridge, UK.
As you’ll see from the rest of the website, I have particular passion for early music – by which I mean the European music written between about 1150 A.D. and 1550 A.D. I really believe that this music can make a difference to people’s modern lives. I love to perform that music, and my composition is influenced by that music. It’s a wonderful escape from the modern, but more importantly it can help find a way to live a better, more fulfilled life in the modern day.
Just like medieval and fantasy stories, old music speaks to a deep and suppressed part of us – a part that has been suppressed by climate-controlled McMansions, endless mindless entertainment options and interminable shopping trips in search of cut-price happiness. Medieval and fantasy stories – and the music that forms part of their world– bring us to a mental space of heroism, adventure and genuine danger which jointly conspire to produce a sense of "being alive".
My composition is driven by these ideas. The aim is to use music, including through association with medieval and fantasy worlds, as a way of liberating listeners from the illusion of immortality which can be the unintended consequence of the modern day abundance of comfort and safety.
I’ve tried to make it as much of an experience to visit this website as possible, with lots of free samples of my music, my performances and appropriate pictures to match. I hope you enjoy visiting the website and join up to the mailing list to find out events and other things that are going on in the future.
Here are some of the great musicians I currently work with or have worked with in the past - visit their websites and see what they're about:
The Pocket Score Company -
Winners of the MusicACT award for best choral/vocal group, this is an all-male four voice ensemble singing mostly early music
Canberra-based mixed-voice chamber choir
The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge
The famous choir in the UK
The Sydney Chamber Choir
One of Australia's finest choirs
The Renaissance Players
The internationally renowned medieval music ensemble
Edinburgh-based medieval music duo
Sydney-based chamber ensemble performing Renaissance sacred music
One of Australia's foremost countertenors
The inspiration for a generation of medieval musicians in Australia and beyond
Amazing organist and conductor/director
Formerly director of the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, now of Magdalen College, Oxford
Director of the Clerks' Group, I had the privilege to sing in the Cambridge Medieval Music Group, led by Edward
Canberra-based musician/recording artist/all-round great musician!
Performer, conductor and composer, we've shared most of the last 15 years of music-making together
Outstanding guitarist, we've performed English lute songs together some years ago
Internationally successful soprano, Josie is one of the amazing voices who sung on my CD of compositions