I'm a Welsh pianist, writer, and academic. I'm interested in music and identity formations.
I'm currently working on a new biography of the twentieth-century British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams for Reaktion Books.
As a pianist I specialize in working with singers; recent projects include an evening recital debut at London's Wigmore Hall with my longstanding collaborator, baritone Dominic Sedgwick; and the composition and performance of a semi-improvised film score for the 1934 documentary Man of Aran with Irish harper and sound artist Una Monaghan and singer Sile Denver, for Belfast's Docs Ireland Film Festival. The trio was formed in response to the Docs Ireland commission; the score explores a unique sound world by drawing together classical piano; Irish traditional harp, concertina, and singing; live electronics; and soundscape.
Over the past few year I've performed across the UK and further afield, giving recitals, for example, at the Barbican Hall, Kings Place, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London; the Holywell Music Room, Oxford; the Hugo-Wolf-Akademie, Stuttgart; and as part of the BBC Proms Plus Festival. I've made both live and recorded broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. In 2017 I was awarded the Pianist's Prizes at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition and at the John Kerr English Song Award.
I've been invited to speak about music and literature for BBC Radio 3, contributing to the BBC Proms and Music Matters programmes.
I regularly speak at music and literary Festivals, and in 2020 am a guest speaker for the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia's Emerging Voices project. I've published articles, essays, and reviews for academic journals, for professional concert programmes, and for commercial recordings. I'm also editing and contributing to a book of essays on Ralph Vaughan Williams for the Music in Context series at Cambridge University Press.
After graduating with a First in Music from Magdalen College, Oxford (receiving the highest First awarded by the University for my final recital), I later returned to read for my doctorate. I was appointed a Lecturer at Oxford while reading for my PhD. Before and after my doctoral work, I trained first as a solo pianist and later as a song accompanist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, graduating with a Masters in Performance with Distinction. I was later invited to join the staff, offering a postgraduate song class as well as teaching student pianists. I've recently completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge (where I began work on my biography and founded a Cambridge Song Festival), and am now working as Lecturer and Director of Performance at the University of Birmingham.
To get in touch about collaborations and projects: please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.