Recently I have been writing music informed and inspired by the tidal movements, rhythms and forces of the bodies of water in estuaries. I have also been looking at ways of framing, referencing or manipulating time as well as reiteration in order to refocus attention. I have recently completed an MA in composition at Bath Spa University, gaining a distinction.
I play the accordion and tuba, performing solo and in various ensembles and have been writing music for my own performance as well as theatre and cabaret events.
Participation and collaboration are important themes through my work. I have worked for many years as an artist and musician in (predominantly Early Years) education and am constantly inspired by the lateral thinking and connections that are made whilst children are engaged in a creative process.
Having studied at art college towards the end of the last century, I set up a shared studio with a group of fellow artists where I painted and exhibited, exploring abstraction and landscape in its broadest sense. I realize that, despite the years that have passed, I am still working with the same themes;- landscape, permanence, and visual and aural language! – only now in another medium! I will be presenting work at the ASLE UKI conference at Plymouth University in September as part of a panel looking at writing in response to place.
with Melinda Maxwell