Performing

I graduated from Trinity College of Music in 2002, with a 2:1 in classical percussion & timpani, with second study singing. After going to Pineapple Stage School at the weekends and learning how to act and dance, I achieved a lifetime’s dream and joined the cast of Stomp! the fabulous dance and percussion show, aged 23. After a fantastic couple of years playing the West End and touring Europe, my ears decided they had had enough and I had to stop.

     

I then joined the wonderfully eclectic Orchid-Star and spent a happy 4 years with them. We had 2 record deals (Archangel and Liquid Sound Design) recorded 2 albums and played some amazing festivals; Glastonbury, Sunrise, Kingston Green Fair, Waveform, Glade, Big Green Gathering, Boom (Portugal) to name but a few!

   

I then went on to co-found and co-create the comedy musical duo cabaret act, Peeknboo. Influenced by people like Nigella Lawson, Fascinating Aida and Tim Minchin, we sing songs about cream, cakes, cocks, Christmas S&M, Dolly Parton and political unrest. Audience participation features use of group kazoo; you’ve been warned. We’ve performed twice at Glastonbury and numerous times with the Mary Bijou Cabaret company, including several sell out shows at the Wales Millennium Centre as part of the Blysh Festival, and many cabaret venues across London and the UK.

     

Promo video 2012 – The Mary Bijou Cabaret Company.

In 2010 I got to make another dream come true and performed in the same show (and hung out in the pub, what a gent) as the ludicrously musical and lovely Tim Minchin at a gala concert hosted by Ed Byrne.

   

In 2011 the very talented folk singer/songwriter Angel Kelly formed a band, Angel Kelly & Friends and we spent a happy year performing at festivals as well as the world famous London folk venue, The Troubador, before Angel decided to go solo again.

    

On 28th January, 2013, I had the privilege of playing a 200 year old Square Piano at Jane Austen’s House, Chawton, Hampshire to celebrate the 200 year publication anniversary of her novel, Pride and Prejudice. The BBC were filming and the recorded material was broadcast on BBC Breakfast, News 24, The One O’Clock News, South Today and live to 150 million viewers on The World Service. The five octave Square Piano was made by Clementi and I played a Rondo written by him.

Jane Austin House    At the Jane Austin House with the square piano

Other highlights over the years include collaborations with the brilliant percussion group Bangon, playing for Marcella and the Forget Me Nots, putting together an all girl djembe quartet, performing marimba at various London nightclubs, performing for the Her Majesty The Queen at Westminster Abbey and recording BBC1’s Vet Safari theme music.