Since September 2012 I have been the Musical Director of Ellesmere Port Music Society. I have directed them in performances with the Wirral Philharmonic Orchestra and Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass Band. In addition, in July 2013, I was appointed Musical Director of The Barnby Choir based in Wilmslow.
Between February 2007 and June 2008 I held the post of Musical Director for Wrington Vale Choral Society. I had the honour of directing the choir's 60th birthday anniversary concert in November 2007 with a performance of Haydn's 'Missa Cellensis in honorem BVM'. I also directed performances of Stainer's Crucifixion and Vivaldi's Gloria.
I was also the Musical Director for a small chamber choir which ran in Portishead, near Bristol, during the summer months between 2001 - 2009. With them, I directed many kinds of music, including various masses and motets by Palestrina, Victoria and Byrd; Elgar and Mendelssohn part songs; and music by Michael Hurd and Jonathan Dove. Whilst a student in London I also conducted extracts from Handel's 'Messiah' and a full performance of Mozart's Requiem.
As an orchestral conductor I particularly enjoy conducting music from the classical period, especially Mozart. I have directed both Symphonies 21 and 39 in public performance, and hope to direct all of them in the coming years. I have also directed Mozart's Requiem in the version completed by Robert Levin. For this performance I purchased a complete performance set of both vocal and orchestral parts, and these are available for hire. Please email for details.
As with my piano studies, I also enjoy studying neglected composers of the classical era. Of particular interest to me are Josef Myslivecek, Carl Friedrich Abel and Georg Benda. I believe too much emphasis is put on mainstream composers, and whilst the likes of Mozart and Haydn are fantastic and get 'bums on seats', there is far too much good music from less well known composers, which is not performed.