Autobiography 

I’m a composer based in Cambridge, UK, where I’m also writing a PhD. 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, staging dialogues between old traditions and new, invented traditions. 

My research focusses on disorder: its codification, expression, and relation to its social, physical and notational histories. I'm interested especially in the music and writings of Luciano Berio, who was writing at a time when order seemed unbounded, as well as in the codifications of order that manifested in the early eighteenth century.

          My PhD is Out of Order, an examination of the expressive operations of disorder. I present disorder as a simultaneously creative and destructive agent, and argue that the perception of a work's expression is the sense of its disorder, offering as evidence close readings of work by Beethoven and Messiaen, before turning to the writings and music of Luciano Berio, whose work I present as a kind of encyclopaedia of musical order, a living network of potential musical relations.

Alongside Rachel Stroud and Zephyr Brüggen, in 2016 I founded rites, a musical and theatrical collective that questions and challenges rituals and conventions of the concert hall.

Outside of music I also write about the work of William Hogarth (especially his graphic works). I also work with analogue photography; I publish scans of my work fairly regularly here.

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University of Cambridge profile

JRAM profile

Arthur Bliss Prize