I studied flute and composition at the Royal College of Music in London, where I recently also completed a PhD, researching the development of repertoire for Kingma System (quartertone) flutes. My career encompasses performing, research, teaching and publishing, as well as arranging and composing.
I have been teaching the flute privately since the late 1980s and have held positions in educational establishments such as Morley College, Wycombe Abbey School, Nottingham University, London College of Music and currently Royal Holloway University of London where I am also an Honorary Research Associate. I have given masterclasses and workshops for flute players and composers at some of the world’s leading institutions, such as the Juilliard School of Music in New York, CalArts and UCLA in Los Angeles and at all of the major London music colleges. My association with the Open College of Arts came initially through being a student on the photography courses, and I have been a tutor on the music courses since February 2007. I am currently Programme Leader for Music.
My main performance work is as Artistic Director of rarescale, an educational charity and professional contemporary music ensemble, which was founded in 2003 to promote the alto flute and its repertoire. My work with this ensemble enables me to work closely with composers to develop new works and I have given several hundred premiere performances to date. With rarescale I also teach on an annual summer school for composers and flute players and run an associated traning ensemble for flute players, rarescale Flute Academy.
I perform regularly both with rarescale, other chamber ensembles and as a soloist throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, with UK concert highlights including recitals at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, ICMC, Bangor New Music Festival, Proms Composer Portraits, Spitalfields Festival, NonClassical and the Handel House in London. International work has included performances at the Spark Festival in Minneapolis, Sonic Circuits Festival in Washington DC, the Tirol Easter Festival (Austria) and appearances at flute festivals in the USA, Canada, Costa Rica, France and Switzerland. I have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, including an interview for the Modern Muses series featuring composer/performer collaborations. I have recorded 13 CDs for rarescale records, EMI, Capstone, Metier, Atopos and Cadenza, as well as incidental music for BBC Radio 4, and for film and TV. I am also the Director of Tetractys Publishing, a small publishing house which specialises in repertoire for low flutes.
As a composer and arranger, my works have been performed throughout the UK and internationally. I was the winner of the RCM Woodwind Composition Prize in 1999 and was subsequently commissioned by the Royal College of Music Wind Ensemble. I have more than 50 published arrangements, which are often included in reading sessions and performances in the UK, Canada and USA.