I grew up in vicarages around the Cotswolds – Cirencester and Cheltenham – before heading for Bath and Brighton to study music. I ended up with an MA in composition and 20th century analysis and years of experience as a chamber musician and session cellist. After a stint in music research for BBC TV I was given a weekly programme on a regional radio station, BBC Southern Counties.
When Classic FM was established I moved on to become Asst Head of Music – a launching pad … there were so few of us and seemingly infinite airtime to fill. We all produced programmes, voiced items, recorded news packages, wrote scripts, organized guests, laughed, cried and partied … the network’s success rested on us, we were a tightknit, committed team and we weren’t frightened of the challenge.
In 1997 I came to New Zealand to work for Radio New Zealand Concert. Being production manager means I hear about recording projects when they’re just a twinkle in their creator’s eye, which is ideal, as I hate to be left out. My own baby is Sound Lounge, which I produce and present every Tuesday, 7pm – midnight. Here’s some of us recording the NZSO live at the Wellington Town Hall early last year – myself, David McCaw and Graham Kennedy (it’s not hard to see who’s doing all the work) :
I’ve brought my trusty cello to New Zealand. I play with the string quartet, Chamberpot, The Royal Trio, and have done sessions for New Zealand musicians such as The Little Bushman and Trinity Roots, and some less formal occasions:
I now live in Featherston, in an old Salvation Army hall built in 1916 as a welfare centre for the soldiers at the nearby Army camp. My vision is to bring music – all sorts of music – to people in my new community and the wider Wairarapa and Greater Wellington area. In the last year I have hosted concerts in the hall for the Aroha String Quartet and the Steve Barry Jazz Trio. These are very relaxed occasions with entry by koha for the performers, seating wherever you can, and wine and a barbeque afterwards.