Up till now…
I was encouraged to commit to piano lessons from the age of six. Studying with Barbara Edwards throughout my childhood, I passed grade 8 during my A-levels. Whilst working towards my degree in Mathematics and Physics at the UEA, I acquired a small collection of piano pupils, several achieving exam success under my tutelage.
Post-university, I pursued a career in technology, but despite this non-musical occupation I never stopped playing the piano and, along with performing at some private functions, I continued to teach piano, as well as studying music at any available moment.
In 2008 I made the decision to make music my career. Resuming piano lessons, I obtained both the DipABRSM and ALCM in piano performance. Academically my studies were brought into focus when preparing a variety of classical music lecture/recitals for different community groups, something I thoroughly enjoy delivering. This focus led me to complete a Masters in Piano Performance course at the UEA and brought me under the instruction of the excellent Christopher Green-Armytage. The culmination of these studies resulted in my obtaining the LRSM (piano performance) in June 2013. I continue to push myself on the piano and find that my teaching ensures that I keep on top of my own playing.
Performances in Norwich at the Assembly Rooms and the Fisher Theatre in Bungay were well received and I continue to perform and accompany when the opportunity arises. I was also lucky enough to perform Mendelssohn’s G-minor concerto in February 2013 with the support of the UEA symphony orchestra, something I will remember for the rest of my life. Additionally I continue to prepare and present lectures, including piano performances, on various classical music subjects. Most recently the topic was the life and work of Clara Schumann. I also enjoy meeting other pianists and am always on the lookout for future subjects for my One Man One Piano project.
In 2018 my wife and I moved to the wonderful Orkney Islands. Here I have had the pleasure of meeting and now working with the Wrigley Sisters at The Reel in Kirkwall. In addition I have joined the Mandolin Club, the Strathspey and Reel Society and play piano with the Klezmer Band. I was also lucky enough to play the piano for a winter concert with the choir and orchestra in St. Magnus Cathedral, which has led to the possibility of further accompanying duties. Finally, I am working with a local am-dram group as musical director, which is a great challenge and new experience. All these wonderful activities are what make living in Orkney such a musical experience.