from London, England, who learned the ropes in the Royal School of Church
Music and played double bass, piano and violin until gravitating to
percussion in the Royal Academy of Music.
One of his early
stage credits was in the orchestra pit for a production of The Beggar’s Opera under the
baton of Carl Davis at The Theatre Royal in Stratford, England. Then he went on the road with the
Prospect Theatre Company for mountings of King Lear and Love’s
Labour’s Lost. He has not always played in such
conventional venues, having appeared in concerts at HM Prison, Korolevu
Beach, and the
performing on beaches, in canals, prisons or theatres, he has worked with a
wide variety of groups, including the Academy of Ancient Music, the Arditti String Quartet, the Bach Choir, Canzona, Capricorn, the Carnival Band, the Cambridge
Singers, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, the Choir of New College,
Oxford, the City of London Sinfonia, Collegium Musicum 90, the
English Baroque Soloists, the English Chamber Orchestra, Ex Cathedra, the
King’s Consort, the King’s Singers, the London Brass, the London City
Brass, the London Sinfonietta, the Milton Keynes
City Orchestra, the Monteverdi Choir, the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra,
the Parley of Instruments, the Philharmonia, the
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Sixteen, the Stuttgart Barockorchester, and the Westminster Abbey Choir.
discography—as you can imagine, based on the list above—is
massive, but here are some highlights:
Benjamin Britten Presents John
Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera with the City of London Sinfonia; Berlioz: Grande Messe
des Morts; Gavin Bryars: Henry Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services,
Vol. 7; Der Messiah with the Monteverdi Choir; Modern Times with London Brass; Music for His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts
with Alistair Ross; Music from the
Time of Civil Wars; Shepherds
Watched: Christmas Music from
English Parish Churches, 1740-1830; Sing
Lustily and with Good Courage and
Tapestry of Carols by Maddy Prior & the
Carnival Band; Thomas Arne: Six Favourite
Concertos with the Parley of Instruments; and, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Les Symphonies Vol. 4 by the Academy of Ancient Music.
January 2003, he took part in the Alan Taylor Celebration Concert at the
Royal Opera House. What about
when he has to travel out of country?
It’s not so easy.
American airline regulations have made it difficult to get their
weighty instruments on board.
To address the problem, he invented his own fiberglass timpani in
order to satisfy the weight requirements. These join his considerable
collection of approximately forty instruments.
A few of the
instruments he plays (besides fiberglass timpani): bass drum, bells, celeste, cowbell, drums, side drums, tabors,
tambourine, tubular bells, and wood blocks. He’s even been known to chip
in backing vocals.
2006, he participated in a pair of Christmas concerts with fellow
percussionist Nigel Bates, the Bach Choir, conductor David Hill, the London
City Brass and organist Jane Watts at Cadogan
Hall in London. The same group, with David Corkhill taking Nigel’s palace returned to Sloane
Terrace for a holiday entertainment on 3rd December 2009.
In the field
of music education, he has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and
Drama, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music
and Dance, and the Watford School of Music. He has also served as an examiner at
the Royal College of Music and the Royal Scottish
Academy of Music and
The King’s Singers recordings
and Farandole (Bernard
De La Monnoye/Georges Bizet/Jeremy Jackman)
EMI 49909 (CD:
A Little Christmas Music)
and composer - Jeremy
Countertenor - Alastair Hume
Arranger - Bob Chilcott
Baritone - Bruce Russell
Baritone - Simon Carrington
Bass - Stephen Connolly