Upcoming events this month and next:

The genius of Bach and Handel, Exeter Bach Society, Feb 5

RPO Resound Intergenerational Workshop in Westminster Library

Workshop on a jazz approach to folk music, Pre-Conservatoire

Talks on Petrushka for BBC NOW (Feb 9/10)

Workshop and pre-concert talk on Russian music in Guildford, G-live, Feb 17

Finishing Schubert’s Unfinished – creative workshop in Manchester  Bridgewater Hall

Jazz history resource for Music Teacher magazine (Feb and March editions online)


Recent highlights:

Creative workshops on Scheherazade, Prokofiev and Ravel in Manchester Bridgewater Hall and Sage Gateshead

‘Jazzicality in Gershwin and Ravel’ in Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

The poetry of Vaughan Williams in Wiltshire Music Centre

‘Romantic Russia in 50’ at Colston Hall

Jazz improv workshops at Priory School, Shrewsbury

‘Fugue in 50’ presentation at St George’s Bristol

Pre-Concert talks in The Anvil, St David’s Cardiff, Brangwyn Hall Birmingham Symphony hall and Colston Hall

New ‘Beyond the Barline’ lecture series at St George’s,  ‘Classical Music at the Movies’

New teacher training events for Keynote Education, including animating the set works for GCSE and A level

Online resources for Rhinegold’s Music Teacher Magazine: Conducting skills for teachers, Early Modernism, Jazz thinking in the classroom, Analysing Beethoven’s ‘Pathétique’ sonata, Jazz history primers, Kodaly’s Galanta Dances

Teacher training events for Keynote Education: Teaching the new set works for Edexcel and AQA GCSE and ‘A’ level Music

Session on Composition for the new specs for Reading Music Hub conference

Interviews with Guy Braunstein, Stephen Johnson and Noriko Ogawa.  Talks on Bartok (Swansea, BBC NOW), Sibelius (Nottingham, RPO) and the Russians (accompanying Moscow State Symphony tour to Birmingham, Cardiff, Basingstoke, Cambridge and Crawley).

Presenting BBC Discovering Music concert with BBC Phil on Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Talk on Messiaen and Birdsong to Institute of Advanced Studies, Bristol University. Tues 24 May.

‘American Pioneers’ talk series in St George’s Bristol, Thursdays 11am

BSO ‘Ten Pieces’ workshops and ‘Festival in a Field’ with 120 primary school musicians

RPO intergenerational workshop, Westminster

Soundtrack project (intergenerational composing) concert, April 27th, St Monica’s

Writing for ‘Classical Music Magazine’ online resources.

Finalise comedy radio scripts, libretto for digital opera and first draft children’s book.

‘Inner Conductor’ workshop at Music Ed Expo conference in Olympia, as BSO Associate.

‘How to listen to Modern Music’ in Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall

Fusing Indian Raga Desh and Handel Water Music for Berkshire Maestros workshop

Talk on late Mozart symphonies, for the concert with John Eliot Gardiner in Colston Hall

‘Baroque music in 50 minutes’ in St George’s, Monday 18th Jan

Series on Late Beethoven (Feb/Mar) t

‘A’ level composition clinic, St Monica’s Trust 24th Jan

Developing dance project with BSO participation team and JSLN Dance company, Germany

Case studies continue for PhD, pairing talented classical and jazz young musicians

Developing radio play about when Wagner and Schumann had couple’s therapy…

Last year highlights:

Appointed as new Education Associate with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Sep 2015)

Launched new series of discovery talks at Wiltshire Music Centre

The Story of the Symphony’ presentations for Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. Aimed at newcomers to classical music.

Workshops on James Bond themes with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Ipswich, Sept 21-22

‘History of Classical Music’ talk in St George’s Bristol (Sept 23) and GLive, Guildford (Oct 8)

New ‘Roots’ programme launched at Bristol Pre-Conservatoire for young talented musicians aged 11+.

Tango and Nuevo Tango – What are the essential ingredients?  Bristol Ensemble pre-concert talk, Apr 25

Series on Musical Creativity now running at St George’s Bristol – April – May

Finding Folk music in Dvorak and Vaughan Williams – The Anvil, Basingstoke and Colston Hall, Bristol

Interview with Vladimir Ashkenazy in St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

RPO Resound workshops in Ipswich.  Working with up to 1,000 schoolchildren over two day


From previous years:

Workshop on ‘A’ level set texts for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (see photo below)


8-part series on Sibelius and Nielsen at St George’s Bristol: The Voice of the North

Pre-Concert talk in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall

Pre-concert talks in St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Interview with Sir Mark Elder on Elgar and the Hallé sound

Warhorse Prom (words for anthem)

Series of talks for Bristol Proms

London Philharmonic Orchestra education workshop on Brahms’ piano quintet

Talk for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra education workshop on Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht

Conducting ‘9 pianos’ by Nick Simpson with Freddie Kempf at Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Creative workshop with 40 ‘A’ level students on Sonata Form for Berkshire Maestros, Reading

Interviews with conductor Jakub Hrusa on Czech music and pianist Robert Levin on Improvisation

Basel Symphony Orchestra: interview with conductor Dennis Russell Davies on Minimalism

Interviews with pianist Noriko Ogawa, cellist Natalie Clein,  and violinist Natalia Lomeiko – see blogs and media page