He is an orchestral conductor who was born in Birmingham, England.
He received his first musical education as a chorister in Coventry Cathedral and later studied music at King’s College, Oxford, and conducting with Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Edward Downes at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He has been a Music Director and/or principal conductor of orchestras that include the English Northern Philharmonic, Opera North and the English National Opera.
Aside for his performances in established opera, he is known for his staging of operas that were little known and has conducted the world premieres of Benedict Mason’s Playing Away, Michael Berkeley’s Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and Harrison Birtwistle’s Mask of Orpheus.
He has performed on the movie soundtracks of films including Gloriana, Trouble in Tahiti and The Belly of an Architect, as well as being the presiding conductor for the 2005 Last Night of the Proms.
His awards include a Gramophone Award for his series of recordings of English music and a Laurence Olivier Award for “outstanding achievement in opera”.
Here he is conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra in a performance of Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 at the Proms…..