Introduction and Biography

I am a musician, teacher, and researcher, based in Wellington. I am working towards a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, where my research focusses on the performance of masculinities in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Previously, I completed an MPhil in musicology and performance at Oxford University, and a BMus(Hons) in performance and the history and literature of music at Victoria University of Wellington. My earlier research has involved the symphony anthem at the English Court after Charles II, Mozart’s instrumental music for the church, and Pelham Humfrey’s penitential anthems at the time of the Restoration. I’m also interested in art history and medical history, and have studied both at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Performing and teaching are both important parts of my life. I trained as a violinist and cellist, and more recently as a baroque cellist. I teach violin, cello, piano, and music theory/musicianship,

In 2003 – as a member of both orchestras – I started writing programme notes for concerts by the Wellington Youth Orchestra and the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. After moving to the UK for postgraduate study, I began writing programme notes regularly for Music at Oxford and the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building. Since 2011 I have worked as a writer for the London Handel Festival, as well as for Spitalfields Festival, the City of London Sinfonia, and the London Bach Players. Writing notes for the Faust String Quartet’s Chamber Music New Zealand tour in 2014 was a great opportunity to develop new contacts with arts organisations in New Zealand. Alongside programme notes, I’ve also contributed material to Bachtrack, and the British Association for Victorian Studies blog, with more contributions coming soon.

Back in New Zealand, I have been writing notes for Hamilton’s Opus Orchestra, and Chamber Music New Zealand.