As a Musician I've been lucky to work in a variety of roles as a Musical Director, Composer, Sound Designer, Facilitator and accompanist.
I've worked in a number of facilitation roles in music, from Teaching 1-1 Piano to class session of Djembe and Ukulele. Recently I've worked with Unique Community and Brent Youth Theatre as their Musical Director to create and deliver accessible music sessions in song writing and composing. As a composer i've written 7 full musicals that have taken to the stage.
Below you can see some of my highlights working in Music and my full Music CV.
Orkney Island Council Mixed Ability Choir
In 2019 I worked with local resident and service users to create an accessible Choir, open to all, as part of a launch event for the councils new Learning Disability strategy. We also had some tourist that came into town join the choir - creating a special group performing in the heart of the community.
Unique Community / Brent Youth Theatre
Since late 2020, I have worked with the Wonderful Unique Community in Brent Community creating music, song writing, facilitating and creating tracks to go along with their shows.
In 2020/2021 we created Beyond the Heat, a show about climate change, accessible to young people. In 2021/2022 I'm continued working as Musical Director on their 2 shows 'Amber House' and 'Hope Road, based on the theme of 'Stories of survival in times of Turmoil'.
In 2022/2023 we worked on shows around how our fears are made and how we confront them, writing music for Both Shows. This included 'We're Alive' a show written with and performed by Ukrainian Refugees.
Musical Directing & Conducting
As a Musical Director I've worked on productions like 'Les Miserables School Edition, Avenue Q and a 24 Hour Musical, to name a few. I conducted a run of Phantom of the Opera: Youth Edition, with a 30 piece orchestra! I enjoy changing myself, and this was certainly the biggest musical challenge to date.
Outside Musical Theatre, I worked as Choir Director to a number of choirs Including the Mearns Singers and Portlethen Primary Staff Choir.
I've had 7 of my musicals staged in full. Road 2 Rock, during the talent show face of society this musical looked at the drama behind the scenes. Timmy the Talkin' Sheep, the not so fairytale musical about and Splashback) You can see the opening song from splashback to the right (as a musical about a toilet guy it does contain fairly strong lyrics! I'm currently working on a yet-to-be announced musical based on the aftermath of the Lockerbie Disaster.
Teaching & Facilitation
I've worked as a facilitator with the Artis Foundation for 3 academic years, providing in school music and arts facilitation across 6 Schools.
During that time I have also worked with Pre-Vocational Academy, Glenlyn Academy providing 1-1 singing and group Musical Theatre classes and preparing students for the LAMDA exams, teaching technique and contextual studies.