Autobiography 

I’m a composer based in Cambridge, UK, where I’m writing my PhD under Richard Causton’s supervision. Here I also supervise undergraduates, and on Saturdays I teach in London at the Royal Academy of Music, junior department.

 

My compositions reassess various social dynamics of performance, inventing new traditions and, sometimes, old ones. 

       My research attempts to untangle the complex identity of contemporary music. I’m interested in the relationship between composition today and order (especially various modes of imprisonment), as codified by notation, for instance, or, more generally, by philosophies of history.

    As with most questions of identity there is an impossibly broad history to research alongside contemporary events. As such work is as historical as it is analytical: the fruits of translating from French a sixteenth-century musing on the shortcomings of contemporary poetry, for example, can bear uncanny relation to current compositional trends.

 

For me, above all, music is a social endeavour. 

    Every day I remind myself how privileged I am today to work for these things endlessly most beautiful.

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University of Cambridge profile

JRAM profile

Arthur Bliss Prize

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