My love of sharing music with others really began during my time as organ scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge. Here, I discovered the thrill of live broadcasts, recordings, performances with professional ensembles and foreign tours, experiences that I now enjoy sharing anew with pupils. More than this, I was immersed in the daily experience of Chapel, making music at the heart of the College community.
I became a teacher almost by accident, filling in for lessons during a year at Bradfield College as Organist in Residence. I loved it. A PGCE in London followed, after which I taught at Whitgift and Sevenoaks Schools. I was fortunate to be able to continue to perform and conduct alongside teaching, as Assistant Master of Music at the Chapel Royal in HM Tower of London.
Before arriving at Radley as Precentor, I spent five happy years as Director of Music at The Portsmouth Grammar School, another school with a fine musical tradition. I have indulged my passion for new music, learning from pupils as they explore their own musical interests and working alongside them to commission and perform numerous world premieres of music by some of the world’s finest living composers, including music written by pupils themselves. In a busy city, it has been exciting to take music out beyond the school walls, performing with hundreds of children and adults from across the city.
It is a tremendous privilege to make music alongside young people and nothing in my experience has come close to being so rewarding. To be able to do this at Radley is particularly exciting, as part of a talented and committed team in the music department, with so many boys and dons actively involved in music, and in a place where everyone can fulfil their potential and develop musical independence, from the enthusiastic singer in chapel to the performer or composer who wishes to pursue music to the highest level.