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I am currently in my second year of a Master’s at Guildhall, studying piano accompaniment with Caroline Palmer. I was the Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, where I read Music, graduating with a First. I toured and broadcast regularly, and my third CD with the choir, Deo, was awarded BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Choral Disc of the Year’ award. I was awarded funding by St John’s to pursue a Master’s in Environmental Policy, and then spent a further year as an exchange student at the University of Heidelberg.

Whilst studying for my Master’s, I wrote Talking Through Trees, which was published in 2017 by the Old Stile Press, with 35 woodcuts by Angela Lemaire. From 2018-2021, I was Head of Music at Atlantic College, where I oversaw a major refurbishment of the music buildings, and steered the department through the pandemic. I am committed to music education and outreach, and I work as organist at St John the Divine, Kennington, where I assist with the church's renowned youth programme.

In my first year at Guildhall, I founded Pipit, a company which exists to bring song recitals back into people’s homes.  I have recently completed a commission from Lady Antonia Fraser, to set Harold Pinter’s love poems to music, and one of the songs from that cycle won first prize at the inaugural UK songSLAM. I have appeared as Benjamin Britten at the Royal Opera House in a newly-commissioned play, A Letter from Ben, and toured Europe in November 2022 as part of Open Your Eyesan environmental song project curated by Iain Burnside.

Bio: About Me
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