Raised in a loving and supportive family, educated at St Paul's School, the University of Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music, mine is a story of success against entirely possible odds.
I've been very fortunate in the opportunities I've been given, and I've tried to make the most of them. I left Cambridge with a Double First in English, before studying for a Graduate Diploma and a Masters in Performance at the Royal College of Music. After graduating from the RCM, I worked for a number of years as a singer - a lyric baritone - before 2019 brought me back to Cambridge for an MPhil, and now a PhD, writing on theatres of encounter in the context of the climate crisis. I'm generously supported by the Judith E. Wilson Fund at the Faculty of English.
Before that, I was in Matera, the 2019 European City of Culture, singing Domenico in Silent City. You can see some of the Italian media coverage here, from 08:15, and here, from 16:10, and see more about the production's fantastic accessibility work here.
I'll be speaking about Matera and Silent City at the 2021 IFTR conference in July (12th-16th), asking how it held space for mourning as a reassembling of the social. I've recently given papers at 'Resisting Theatre: Plays, Politics and the Academy' (18th - 20th June), and the TaPRA-SCUDD Graduate Symposium (25th June); I'll be giving another, on listening in Steve Waters' The Contingency Plan, at the TaPRA annual conference in September.
Other things in my singing career I'm proud of: appearing on the BBC with Opera North in Opera in a Nutshell (2017); coaching English for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House (2016-2017); covering Nathan in Pleasure (2015), again for Opera North; playing Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park, for Waterperry Opera Festival (2018, 2019); winning the British Music Society Song Prize (2015).