Before coming to Birmingham, I taught composition at the University of Southampton and at the Royal College of Music. My works have been performed by many leading artists, including Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and EXAUDI. Awards for composition include a 2004 Prix Italia for A Pebble in the Pond, a large-scale radiophonic work on the subject of memory; and twice winner of the choral category of the British Composer Awards in 2008 and 2011, the last for Allele for 40 voices – on the subject of music and genes.
In recent years, I have been featured composer at the Park Lane Group series and on the CoMA summer school. My work for piano, On Memory, played by Andrew Zolinsky, was one of The Times’ top 10 contemporary albums of 2010; while Tête-à-Tête and CHROMA premiered Act 1 of Icarus at the Riverside Studios in summer 2011. An extract of Icarus was also presented in the Royal Opera House’s Exposure programme at the Linbury Theatre in London in 2012. Further performances in 2012 also include Glass Mountain, a new work for CHROMA’s 15th birthday celebrations at King’s Place; and Bohortha, a commission for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi. 2013 sees a new work for tenor, horn and strings at the Cheltenham Music Festival.