I went to piano lessons before I even went to primary school! After a brief and painful period of playing the violin, I started percussion lessons in my early teens with percussionist and composer Andrew Tyrrell. As well as playing for my school's orchestra and some dreadful musicals, I played percussion in the Avon Schools Symphonic Wind Band, Brimsham Green Concert Band and Wotton & District Silver Band. I was also a member of a 12-strong outfit called ‘The Kitchen Sink’ made up of the percussionists of the County's Schools Orchestra and Wind Band which was so much fun. I briefly joined the Glasgow Wind Band whilst studying for my PhD but left when I started playing congas for groups in Glasgow including ‘Big Foot’. After far too many years to mention I am now back playing again...
I had the privilege to meet and play in master class and concert led by Steve Reich - an unforgettable experience. Whilst playing with Wotton & District Silver Band, we won our section of the West of England Brass Band Championships at Bristol and then went on to London to compete in the National Finals.
Other interests and activities
“being happy and healthy”… does that count?
I am a lecturer in 'sustainable architecture and construction' at Queens so have a keen interest in environmental issues as they relate to the built environment. Anyone interested in reducing their irreversible impact on the climate go to http://www.1010uk.org/ NOW and sign up!
Too many other interests to mention, never enough time to accomplish them….