I am a composer, theatre director, workshop leader and teacher specialising in creating new musical works for young people.
I train teachers and run school and community-based projects for young people and intergenerational groups across Britain. These projects offer participants opportunities to develop their creativity through dynamic interdisciplinary arts projects and participate in high-quality musical performance.
Over the past six years, I’ve developed several projects which have provided an opportunity for children across Britain to connect with stories from the natural world through music and the arts. The experience has encouraged young people to develop an awareness of the interconnectedness of all living things and the importance of taking action to conserve habitats and care for our wildlife.
My song cycles Meadowsong, and One Small Bird (co-composed with Jilly Jarman) were commissioned by Haringey. Both projects culminated in performances at the Royal Albert Hall by choirs of 2000 young singers and instrumentalists. One Small Bird Projects have since taken place North Lakeland and South Lakeland. In 2019, I collaborated with the RSPB at the Shetland Nature Festival, running a week-long One Small Bird project involving young people, their parents and local musicians. The project culminated in a performance at the Mareel Arts Centre in Lerwick.
I am currently collaborating with the RSPB and WWF on the next stage of the Meadowsong project, working with schools and training primary teachers across Britain to deliver a nature-rich curriculum celebrating the wonders of wildflower habitats through outdoor learning, the Arts, Science and English.