Introduction and Biography

I am a researcher, writer, and musician in Wellington, New Zealand. where I am a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington. My research focuses on the construction and performance of masculinities in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. 

My background is in musicology and performance: I completed an MPhil in music (performance, musicology) at Oxford University, and hold I hold a BMus(Hons) in performance and the history and literature of music from VUW.

My MPhil research looked aspects of the symphony anthem in late seventeenth-century England: my dissertation examined the changing status of these works in the final 15 years of the century, and my thesis explored the penitential anthems of Pelham Humfrey.  I also have an interest in the interplay of art and medical history — studying both at Birkbeck College, University of London —  with musicology.

Writing, performing and teaching are  important parts of my life. I trained as a violinist and cellist, and more recently as a baroque cellist. In recent years, I have taught violin, cello, piano, and music theory/musicianship.

As a professional freelance writer, I have written programme notes for more than fifteen years, starting when I was a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra and Wellington Youth Orchestras, and contributed notes for performances by both orchestras. In the UK, I wrote notes for Music at Oxford and the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building. Since that time, I have provided original notes for the City of London Sinfonia, the London Bach Players, Concerts in the West, the Little Baroque Company, the Spitalfields Festival, and — annually since 2011 — the London Handel Festival.

In 2014, the Faust String Quartet commissioned me to provide notes for their New Zealand tour with Chamber Music New Zealand, and in 2016 I wrote the notes for another regional tour by Douglas Mews and Catherine Mackintosh. In 2017, Chamber Music New Zealand commissioned me to write all the notes for their subscription series, including performances by Julliard415 and Masaaki Suzuki, and the Takács Quartet. I also provide notes to Hamilton’s Opus Orchestra. Alongside programme notes, I have written for Bachtrack,

 

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