BMus, PG Cert Business Admin (Open)
Department of Music
The University of Sheffield
34 Leavygreave Road
Telephone: +44 (0) 222 0499
I am the artistic director of University of Sheffield Concerts, responsible for the programming, planning, and production of the busy schedule of concerts, festivals, education and outreach initiatives, and other creative music projects.
University of Sheffield Concerts is a major contributor to the city’s cultural vibrancy. One of the largest producers of music events in the region, we deliver 100 public concerts a year, more than any other organisation in the city. My work sees me direct creative initiatives from initial artistic conception through to delivery, encompassing artistic direction and programming, strategy and development, and marketing, finance, and operations management. Collaboration is at the heart of my work and I regularly work with city partners, independently, and also in collaboration with academic colleagues taking research out to the city and beyond. In addition to Sheffield projects my work has been commissioned across the country by international arts series and festivals, and through my experience and expertise I’m invited to present, and participate in panel discussions related to good practice in the sector.
Alongside my work at the University I have a professional singing career as a tenor. Specialising in sacred choral music I’ve held a posts with the choirs of Southwell Minster, and now Sheffield Cathedral, where I participate in daily services, concert engagements, numerous national radio broadcasts, CD recordings, and international tours. I’m also in demand as a concert soloist, and recitalist, and occasionally work as a producer for recording projects for choirs.
I’m currently also studying for an MBA with the Open University Business School to enhance my work, and have a particular interest in change management, organisational culture, and strategy.
• Artistic direction and creative production
• Project management
• Strategy, planning, development
• Leadership and line management of the concerts team
• Marketing strategy, brand development, and audience development
• Financial planning and budget management
• Grant capture, writing bids, and fundraising
• Operations management and resource allocation
• Outreach and music education
Selected Projects as an Artistic Director
2015 - Singing Freedom: Outreach initiative examining music and the American Civil Rights movement
2015 - Festival of the Arts and Humanities: Co-director of the inaugural Faculty Festival
2014 - Sounds of the Cosmos: Interdisciplinary arts-science audio-visual production based on Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Performed in Sheffield and subsequently commissioned by Latitude Festival and Sheffield International Documentary Festival.
2014 - #ChaplinBoom: Music and film festival exploring the works of Charlie Chaplin
2014 - Sinfonia Antartica: Schools outreach and music education project based on the music of Vaughan Williams
2013 - A Boy Was Born: Yearlong city-wide festival for the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s
2012 - Arab Spring – Music and film series examining music’s role in the Egyptian Revolution
2010 - Gay Icons Project: LGBT multi-disciplinary arts festival examining the roles of gay icons in culture and society
2015 - Tippett Foundation (£2000): Music Residency outreach project with the Ligeti Quartet
2015 - Sheffield Town Trust (£3000): Music Residency outreach project with the Ligeti Quartet
2015 - STFC (£5000): Sounds of the Cosmos music and physics production
2014 - Festival of the Mind (£5000): Sounds of the Cosmos music and physics production
2013 - Sheffield Town Trust (£2,000): Western Indian classical music and film project
2013 - Britten Pears Foundation (£3,000): A Boy Was Born music festival for the centenary of Benjamin Britten
2012 - Arts Enterprise (£6,000): A Boy Was Born music festival for the centenary of Benjamin Britten
2010 - HEIF/KE Fund (£10,000): Gay Icons Project LGBT multi-disciplinary Arts Festival