Photo by Jamie Drew

Photo by Jamie Drew

My music-obsessed childhood saw me spending spare time in record shops, saving lunch money to buy music, pawning music to get to gigs, skipping school to practice classical piano, 'cello, and guitar for hours before sneaking out to play piano and sing on the local rock and jazz scenes, and returning to do homework while taping John Peel sessions off the radio; had the digital revolution not happened, things would be largely the same.

I gave up what seemed to be the ideal management deal at school to follow my dream of going to music college, and arrived at The Guildhall to take lessons in Composition with Diana Burrell while continuing to study my beloved piano… and later on, voice. The use of voice and keyboard instruments - piano/prepared piano/harpsichord/harmonium - are central to my work, and I use this relationship to present themes exploring music's relationship with language, physics and archetypal symbology. I’m a sound-colour synesthete and am equally inspired by Dada and Impressionism as I am Grunge and the songs of my Hispanic heritage; at the moment my compositions bring together elements of Contemporary Music, Jazz, Electronic/Experimental Music and Songwriting.

My portfolio includes: commissions from and work with the BBC, and The Rose Theatre, Southbank; performance and MD roles at Northstar, Polydor, and the BBC Singers, (not forgetting a brief stint as Florence Welch’s replacement); composition premieres with Juice Vocal Ensemble and The Bath Festival; broadcasts on BBC3, BBC6, and more lucratively for several years, Sky Sports; and writing for The Guardian, Agenda Poetry Journal, and Lazy Gramophone Press. I’ve also been lucky enough to have been nominated for or won a diverse range of awards including The Philip Bates Prize, and the International Poetry Competition, and my first full-length album Our Lady of Stars / Books of Hours and Changes, which toured with support from Arts Council England, was nominated for BASCA's British Composer Award in 2016. I am a Visiting Lecturer at Oxford University and London’s Centre for Young Musicians, and really enjoy no longer having to save my lunch money to buy music.