I began singing as a young, teenage tenor in my local parish church, in a small village near Manchester. I was chosen to sing with the RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers, performing in cathedrals all over the country, including residential stints at York Minster and Salisbury Cathedral. I came to the North East in 2005 to study Medicinal Chemistry at Newcastle University, whereupon I was awarded a Tenor Choral Scholarship (and subsequently Lay Clerkship) at Newcastle Cathedral. During this time, I have performed at a number of fantastic venues both nationally and internationally, including Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Notre Dame. I have featured on a number of recordings and BBC broadcasts in this capacity, and continue to appear regularly as a soloist throughout the North East.
I recently made my VoH debut as part of the Body of Song performance at the Sage Gateshead. From day one, I was made to feel extremely welcome within the group, and continue to be impressed by the excellent standard of all the singers. By day, I work as a Drug Development Chemist at a local pharmaceutical company.
I have been a tenor in Voices of Hope since our first concert and have loved every minute since. The projects we do are so eclectic from the fun of our Christmas concerts to the unique opportunity to sing the letters of a death row inmate (Prison Letters). It has been a real privilege to be involved in so many premieres but the one that really stood out for me was Steamsong, where I got to play the part of engineer Sir Nigel Greasley. Singing at the National Railway Museum in amongst the steam engines he designed was thrilling, particularly as I have a bit of a soft spot for railways. When I’m not singing with Voices of Hope or the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia, I am a lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry at Newcastle University, providing dentistry for children at Newcastle Dental Hospital, teaching the next generation of dentists and researching how people interact with dental services.
I am a recent graduate from Newcastle University, and have been singing tenor with Voices of Hope since October 2013. In addition to this, I sing regularly as a Lay Clerk at St Nicholas Cathedral and with the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Being in Voices of Hope is a terrific experience, and has certainly provided lots of unique opportunities: working on John Kefala Kerr’s Steamsong is a particular highlight. Playing a train driver, with all the associated costume, is something I will never forget!!