Activities per year
I have recently been appointed the position of Research Assistant at Coventry University, where my primary focus is to support and facilitate the development of REF Practice Research Portfolios across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. I will be working across the following centres: the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities; the Centre for Postdigital Cultures and the Centre for Dance Research.
I graduated with a Distinction in Musicology (MA) from Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University in 2017 and gained my undergraduate degree in Music from Falmouth University (inc. Dartington College of Arts) in 2011. As part of my undergrad, from August 2009 to July 2010, I attended an Erasmus Exchange programme of study at Codarts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Rotterdam, in Popular Music Performance.
As a composer, performer and recording artist, I currently lead a six piece Birmingham-based rock band, The Mourning Suns. The band recorded and released an album in 2015 called ‘Dreaming Of An Island,’ (2015) and released four EPs, one of which was recorded at the EMI Studios at the Roundhouse in London in 2012 with producer Dimitri Tikovoi (Placebo), which was released on the EMI / Roundhouse Records Label.
Notable performances include: MelloFest 2019, How The Light Gets In Festivals 2019, 2016 and 2015, Bristol VegFEST 2017, Pig and Applestock 2015 and Nozstock Festival 2014. With regular shows in Birmingham, the band has performed in Birmingham Town hall, The Hare and Hounds and the 02 Academy. Our second album is currently in the final stages of production. Additionally, I have been writing music as part of a solo project, for which I am currently in the final stages of confirming final mixes and artwork.
In 2017, I was featured on Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk ensemble album, Painted. I sang a contemporary arrangement of Pentangle’s Rain and Snow, as well as being featured on the other album tracks singing the melody parts with the tune players. This was both vocally challenging and rewarding as it developed both my vocal and performance stamina. I joined the 50-piece band for their national tour celebrating their 20th year anniversary and album release, most notably headlining New Forest Folk Festival and Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
Entitled, Voices From a Non-Place: An Investigation into Language, Space and the Sung Voice, my master's dissertation research was interdisciplinary, bridging the genres of Art, Music, Movement, Theatre and Philosophy. It was centred around cultural theories of the voice, identity, language and memory; the recorded voice, site-specificity and synergy in performance, and resulted in an academic thesis as well as composition and performance. My research documents the experiences and memories of the Conservatoire community during their relocation and transition to a new building.
During my Master’s I undertook several Music Technology modules, these were 'Interactive Music Technology Performance' and 'Performing and Producing in the Studio', for which I composed and performed an 8-part vocal piece with live looping software, to a pre-recorded sound collage of my design. Also, I produced a professional record of original works.
My MA research was the result of my interest in the voice, which stems from my undergraduate degree, which I completed with First Class Honours in 2011, in Music (performance), with minors in Black and White Photography and Installation Art at Falmouth University (Inc. Dartington College of Arts). My undergraduate research paper: PJ Harvey: An Exploration Into Feminine Excess, explored three albums by PJ Harvey; analysing vocal technique, symbolism and gender in her work. This research directly influenced my performance recital, for which I composed, arranged and performed a body of original works.
My current research interests include: popular music practice, the singing voice, the singer-songwriter, lyric writing, vocal technique and vocality, studio practices, site-specificity, place and belonging, identity, creative processes, semiotics, philosophy, practice research and auto-ethnographic methodologies.
Musicology (Distinction), MA, The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University
Sep 2016 → Sep 2017
Music (1st Class hons), Degree, Falmouth University, inc. Dartington College of Arts
Sep 2007 → Jun 2011
Popular Music, Voice (Erasmus Programme), Codarts hogeschool voor de kunsten
Aug 2009 → Jul 2010
- M Music
- Reflective practice
- Studio practices
- Practice-based research
- Lyric writing
- Popular Music
- Immersive sound
- Vocal technique
- Practice research
- Sustainable practice
- Personal creativity
- Artist development
- Singing voice
- Collaborative creativity
- Community voice
- Collective voice
- Folk voice
- Natural voice
- NX Arts in general
- Installation art
- Mapping process
- Creative modes of dissemination
- Site specific work