I’m originally from Bristol and have done time as a German and French student in Cambridge and Berlin, then as a cello and viol student in London. This is where I currently live with my wonderful psychologist cyclist wife Esther, two fluffy and amusing cats and a generous selection of large musical instruments.
I play cello and viol with lots of groups and enjoy a varied musical life. I have been a guest principal and viol soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, continuo gambist / bass violinist with ENO in Indian Queen, and performed with the viol consorts Fretwork and Phantasm. I have also performed Stockhausen's Mittwoch Aus Licht on a swinging perspex platform in a Birmingham Chemical Factory (attended by two camels).
I am principal cellist of excellent group La Nuova Musica; here’s one video promoting the group’s recent Couperin disc on Harmonia Mundi USA, and here's another for Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Lucy Crowe and Tim Mead. I am a founder member of exciting new viol consort Newe Vialles. I'm also principal cellist of Faust Chamber Orchestra which is conducted by long-standing conductor/pianist friend, colleague and recent best man Mark Austin.
I play with fellow cellist Vladimir Waltham in prize-winning Duo Domenico, which has played in the London Baroque Festival, York International Early Music Festival and many venues across Europe.
I am intensely involved in music education work, and in addition to giving classes at the Royal Academy of Music I have also devised and led creative projects with primary schools in London. I am also the founder and director of Bristol's Really Classical Relay.
I am delighted to have been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.