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Performances

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I am a keen semi-professional performer and regularly perform solo and in a variety of groups in various venues around Dorset. My main instrument is bassoon, which I studied at University, however I also play contra-bassoon, piano, organ, and harpsichord.

My passion is for music, both listening and making. Hans Christian Andersen said that “Where words fail, music speaks”, and this has held true throughout the ages. I believe that music has the power to intrigue and inspire, motivate and calm, and bring joy and sadness to everyone. One of my biggest passions is to encourage young people to make music, and to provide the opportunities for them to do so. I work closely with Broadstone-based Poole Society for Young Musicians, who do a fantastic work providing these opportunities.

The instrumental pictures below are from the same recital where I played pieces for Bassoon, Piano and Organ in the same progrmme. This was a lunchtime recital in St Aldhelm's Church, Poole. (I have recently replaced the dampers on this wonderful piano as the existing ones were over 100 years old and were no longer muting the notes properly.)







Bassoon

Bassoon is my main instrument and, along with composition, was my main study at university. I started playing at the age of 11 when I started secondary school, under the tuition of Alison Brierley. I chose Bassoon because I was offered free loan of an instrument from the County and a term of free lessons. I learned both piano and bassoon alongside each other through secondary school and had reached a similar level by the time I left home for university. I chose to continue studies on the bassoon as there were more performance opportunities. I now work as a freelance player, performing solo recitals and playing in various local orchestras including the Dorset Chamber Orchetra and Questa Musica.




Piano

Piano is my second instrument, although it is the instrument I have been playing longest. I started playing at about the age of 5, and started lessons at the age of seven. Although I didn’t study the piano at university, I did keep playing, accompanying a number of different groups from choirs to musical theatre groups. I also accompanied some solo recitals by other students. It was at University that I diversified my keyboard skills to the harpsichord as well. As part of the baroque orchestra (on bassoon) I started to learn about playing the harpsichord and realising figured bass. In more recent times I have played regularly in various local churches for services and recitals, along with accompanying concerts with the Broadstone Music Series (both piano and harpsichord). I have also done some orchestral piano playing with the Dorset Chamber Orchetra.



Organ

Having already mentioned Bassoon and Piano, ironically the instrument I play most is organ. I have been the Director of Music for St James Church in Poole since September 2016, playing for weekly services, weddings and funerals. The church also holds a weekly lunchtime recital series in the summer months, of which I have done several on various instruments. I started to learn the organ when I was 14. My first post was is Holy Cross, Wyken, who contacted my school advertising the post was available and asking if the school had a student who they could recommend to fill it. I stayed in the post until I went to university under the tuition of Daniel Moult at Coventry Cathedral. After moving to Dorset, I was appointed as Music Work Coordinator at St John’s Church in Wimborne, and later at St Nicholas and St Hubert’s, Corfe Mullen. I was made redundant from there in 2016, I moved to St James. I also freelance for a number of local churches in the local area.







Conducting

I have conducted many groups since I started freelancing in 2010. I am currently the Choral Director of the Dorset Chamber Choir, after joining in January 2017. Prior to this, I conducted the West Moors Singers for their Christmas Concert in 2016, and the Allen Singers of Wimborne from 2010 to 2012. I studied conducting as part of my degree, and co-conducted the student-run orchestra, which involved joint pieces with the student choir. I have also conducted a number of “Come and Sing” days for various groups, including the Dorset Chamber Choir and Broadstone Music Series.





Upcoming Events

Due to the Corona Virus pandemic, these events are likely to change. Please keep checking this site to see if the events are going ahead.

Please see below a list of upcoming performances and events that I am involved in. Click the name of the venues to go to their website for directions.

  • 13th June 2020 - "Come and Sing" with Dorset Chamber Choir.
    Come and spend a day with the DCC singing a set of folk songs arranged by John Watkins!
    Broadstone United Reformed Church
  • 17th July 2020. Dorset Chamber Choir Summer Concert.
    An evening of music pefect for a summer evening, including Handel's Coronation Anthems.
    Merley House, Wimborne
  • 13th August 2020. Luchtime Organ Recital.
    An afternoon of organ music by the Musical Director of St James, John Watkins, including the famous Widor's Toccata
    St James Church in Poole




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