Thanks for visiting my website – I hope you’ll find something interesting here.
First and foremost I’m a harpsichordist and player of various other keyboard instruments like piano and organ. I’m lucky enough to play with some of the very best musicians in the UK in groups like Passacaglia, Feinstein Ensemble, London Baroque, Florilegium and King’s Consort, and I play solo recitals as often as I can. My concert diary and more information is here.
I teach harpsichord, continuo, tuning and other early keyboards at Birmingham Conservatoire (part of Birmingham City University) and in private practice.
I’m also often busy with recording-related things. I’m a regular author and reviewer for Sound on Sound magazine, published in the UK, US and Brazil – I write about and review music technology hardware and software. I also produce and engineer records, mostly in the classical field, and run my own label, Barn Cottage Records. I’m often working on recording projects for publishers like Schott, Faber and Boosey & Hawkes too.
I grew up near Bristol, UK and studied piano and violin from an early age, as well as playing keyboards in various shows, recording and writing using simple studio equipment of the day. I attended the Royal College of Music in London in the early 1990s, briefly studied piano with Irina Zaritskaya (but the Chopin-heavy diet didn’t suit me), and then later focused on harpsichord with Robert Woolley (which was a lot more fun). While I was there I was generously supported by The Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Wolfson Foundation. In 1995 I won the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition and, as a member of Passacaglia, was a prizewinner in the Early Music Network Competition in York.
After a somewhat bleak decade in school teaching I committed fully to harpsichord performance, recording and writing work, wondered why on earth I hadn’t done it before, and haven’t looked back since. I’m married to the recorder player and flautist Annabel Knight – we live near Cirencester, UK. Personal interests include photography, cycling and mountaineering.