I am a pianist, musical director and band manager originally from Buckinghamshire. I started learning piano at a young age, receiving classical tuition from former BBC Young Musician of the Year Anna Markland, and jazz tuition from Jo Ruddock and Gwilym Simcock. I’ve also been known to dabble in other instruments including percussion (tuned and auxiliary), drum kit, saxophone, bass guitar and church organ – and I’ll let you be the judge of my proficiency on those…
I went to Aylesbury Grammar School and attended the Aylesbury Music Centre, receiving expert tuition in band leading and management from Hugh Molloy, Nick Care and Kathy Gifford. With the AMC Dance Band I performed at The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, and won an Outstanding Performance Award at the National Festival of Music for Youth.
I then studied undergraduate medicine at Christ Church, University of Oxford; clinical medicine at University College London; and am currently finalising my doctoral thesis in gene therapy at Imperial College London. If you’re interested, you can read about my research here – go on, it’s not that complicated…
Whilst at university I was involved in several bands and orchestras, most memorably directing the University of London Union Big Band at the Montreux Jazz Festival. I also Music Directed student productions of Anything Goes, City of Angels, Oklahoma!, Carousel and A Chorus Line.
During my time at university, I have been continually developing Down for the Count – a swing and soul band I formed at school in 2005. Over the past 11 years the band has gone from strength to strength, performing at incredible venues the likes of which I never thought I’d get to see.
Now that I’ve finished my studies, I’ve decided to take the leap into self-employed musicianship. I manage and direct several projects alongside Down for the Count – a vintage swing orchestra; a quirky band playing vintage covers of pop tunes; a small home studio where I can record small instrumental groups and vocalists; as well as solo piano playing at wedding receptions and other venues.
In my spare time I enjoy Lindy hop and ballroom dancing, and playing live music at events for dancers remains my greatest passion. If you’d like to know more, just call me on 07855 488 462.