A manically busy performer and composer in a variety of contexts from large multi-disciplinary works to small scale improvisations in art galleries, 24 hour song cycles broadcast around the world to critically acclaimed re-workings of Edward Elgar suits in derelict theatres. Late nights at Ronnie Scotts to the damp streets of Hong Kong.
I specialise in improvisation and workshop leading, love jazz and creating ambitious multi-genre work, and good coffee.
An accidental festival director who initially casually supported the development of voluntary experimental jazz promotion networks at music college then managed ad hoc community festivals with theatres. Then focused on rebuilding Lancaster Jazz Festival from the back room of a community centre to an annual, sell out, contemporary, emerging music festival. A rapidly growing artists playground with ambitious artist and audience development aims.
A music leader embedded as a project manager within More Music; having wandered through the door as a teenage saxophonist 11 years ago. Now trying to inspire individuals with mad ideas, trumpets, opportunities. Working with over 500 musicians a week, from beginner sousaphonists to undergraduates. Also weekly within Leeds College of Music and Runshaw College, and, have been known to turn up with a ukulele or two for Lancashire Music Service and with heaps of games (and drums) on occasion for: BBC, NHS Guild Lodge Secure Unit, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Winner of the Ernest H Morris Prize for Community Music in 2010.