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Born in London, England, after travelling around Europe for a while, I made Heidelberg, Germany my home. It is a beautiful city: small, yet cosmopolitan with a picturesque castle and surrounding wooded hills. It is a great place to feel relaxed and become inspired. It is the perfect base for work and play in various parts of the continent. I mostly spend my time making or teaching music.
I have been playing (keys and piano) with lots of different bands and styles, doing studio work, theatre productions and teaching for longer than I care to think about.
I teach, keyboards, piano (mostly pop and jazz), music production, songwriting and band coaching in German music schools (WMK, MuKs, Mannheim) and a regular bilingual school (MIS).
To ground my teaching skills, over the years, I have taken three two-year part-time demanding but satisfying further education courses at the National Academy for Youth Music Education (Bundesakademie für musikalische Jugendbildung) in Trossingen, Germany. These were in teaching electronic keyboard instruments in music schools, teaching music in regular schools and teaching pop music in schools and music schools.
Not having completed my first studies in Mathematics and Computer Science at Leeds and Heidelberg Universities, I decided to obtain my degrees in the field of music, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities with Music from the Open University in July 2013 and a Master of Music (MMus) in Songwriting from Bath Spa University in November 2015.
After stopping smoking, I rediscovered the joys of singing (I had sung in a very accomplished choir till my voice broke). First joining the Heidelberger Jazz Choir and then Mokolé, a German choir singing African songs in the original languages (Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho etc.) with whom I also went on tour to South Africa, Lesotho, Zwasiland and Kenya (video). I then joined the locally well known cabaret men's choir, the Heidelberger HardChor, with whom I still regularly perform.
HardChor in Tollhaus, Karlsruhe
Among other musical activities I guide, conduct and accompany a group of Turkish singers in Heidelberg, the Happy Kanak Stars. I also occasionally write choral arrangements for them and sometimes for the HardChor. Here is one I am particularly proud of, with special thanks to Gerry Brazil and Chris Dedrick: an a capella vocal arrangement of the Lennon and McCartney song, Penny Lane. The score is available on request.
The Old Bones Barbershop Quartet
A chance meeting with Rick Comrie and the discovery of a mutual interest in Barber Shop singing led to the formation of the Old Bones Barershop quartet. It continues, but unfortunately without Rick who returned to his native Canada.