Hello & Welcome.
Put simply, I am a multi faceted musical performer who can read and write. As an instrumentalist, I am well versed in musical performance and composition. I play several instruments including drums, percussion, piano and voice. I have been a musical director, conductor as well as a producer and educator. I also have qualifications and experience in performing arts.
Academic Education and Qualifications:
University of Salford, U.K. MA - Music Composition. Grade - Distinction. (Was awarded the Santander travel grant for academic sabbatical, visiting Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.) 2016 - 2017.
University: East Carolina University NC, USA. MA - Music with a concentration in performance, composition and conducting. (Scholarship and Teaching Assistant.) 2015 - 2016.
University Of Salford, U.K. BA - Honours Music. 1st in Composition & Arranging. 2002 - 2006.
City College Manchester. A Level in Theatre Studies. B - Tech National Diploma Performing Arts. Grade - Distinction. 2000 - 2002.
Ashton On Mersey School. 10 GCSE’s including Maths, English, Science & IT. 1995 - 2000.
Other Training and Qualifications:
Hofa Academy for Audio Engineering & Music Production, Germany. 2019.
English: First/Native. Spanish: Conversational. Italian: Conversational.
Musician Ensemble Work Includes:
. Playing and recording drums/percussion for the international tour of Cinderella - The Ice Show, which premiered in London England, along with Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, 2017.
. Playing the 2016 scholarship gala with the ECU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble North Carolina, USA. Covering selections from West Side Story, Oklahoma and Phantom of The Opera. 2015 - 2016.
. Assistant conductor and orchestrator for Nutcracker on Ice at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra, Christmas 2015.
. RENT UK tour 2013, which previewed on the Alan Titchmarsh show ITV. Other musical theatre productions include: Acorn Antiques, Aladdin, Annie, Assassins, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Guys and Dolls, Hot Mikado, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Shop of Horrors, Peter Pan, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Spend Spend Spend, Spring Awakening, The Full Monty.
. The Rick Farrow Big Band. Manchester Jazz festival, 2012.
. Cruise Ships playing in show, guest and party bands. Companies include: NCL, P&O, Princess and Royal Caribbean. 2010 - 2019
. Le Gran Descarga at The Lowry Theatre Manchester, D-Percussion Festival & The Bridgewater Hall, along with The Roberto Pla Latin Big band, Canary Wharf London, 2008.
. UK and European tour with Connie Lush and Blues Shouter playing alongside Rolling Stones front man Mick Taylor in Geneva Switzerland, along with John Lee Hooker Jr in Moscow Russia, 2007/2009.
. Pop sensation Sami Yusuf at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf Germany. 2005.
. Winning 1st prize with Timperley Brass Band at the national finals at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK.
Writer/ Producer Work Includes:
. Wrote the score for the international dance championships opening ceremony in Shenzhen, China. 2018.
. Cinderella On Ice, 2017 - 2018, where I co-wrote, played on and produced the musical score.
. TV news graphic and jingle for Media City UK with BBC TV and film composer David Lowe. 2017.
. Collaborated and worked with American Dad, Family Guy and Star Trek composer Ron Jones. 2017.
. I have written for numerous guest entertainer shows both on land and cruise ships. 2010 - present.
Teaching and Education Work Includes:
Masterclass and week of seminars at The STEM Academy Denver Colorado, USA. 2017.
. Teaching assistant at East Carolina University, USA. 2015-2016.
. RNCM Masterclass 2015.
. LIPPA Masterclass. 2008.
. Manchester and Trafford Music Services pre 2008.
. Private tuition.
Having qualifications and experience in performing arts and theatre studies, I can act, sing and dance. I have performed with numerous bands and artists, as well as in a number of straight plays, musical theatre productions and revues. Some straight plays include: A Doll’s House. The Dumb Waiter, Our Country’s Good. Musical Theatre Productions include: Bye, Bye Birdie and Grease.
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