I’m originally from Bristol and have done time as a German and French student in Cambridge and Berlin, then as a cello and viol student in London. This is where I currently live with my wonderful psychologist cyclist wife Esther, two fluffy and amusing cats and a generous selection of large musical instruments.

I play cello and viol with lots of groups and enjoy a varied musical life. I have been a guest principal and viol soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, played continuo with ENO and Britten Sinfonia, collaborated with Concerto Köln and performed with the viol consorts Fretwork and Phantasm. I have also performed Stockhausen's Mittwoch Aus Licht on a swinging perspex platform in a Birmingham chemical factory, attended by two camels. 

I am principal cellist of excellent group La Nuova Musica; here’s one video promoting the group’s recent Couperin disc on Harmonia Mundi USA, and here's another for Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Lucy Crowe and Tim Mead. I'm also principal cellist with the conductorless baroque collective Solomon's Knot, which has recently earned huge acclaim from audiences and national press for its B Minor Mass performances across the UK. I am a founder member of new viol consort Newe Vialles. I'm also principal cellist of Faust Chamber Orchestra which is conducted by long-standing conductor/pianist friend, colleague and recent best man Mark Austin. 

I play with fellow cellist Vladimir Waltham in prize-winning Duo Domenico, which has played in the London Baroque Festival, York International Early Music Festival and many venues across Europe.

I am intensely involved in music education work, and in addition to giving classes at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Northern College of Music, I have also devised and led creative projects with primary schools in London and Bristol. I am also the founder and director of Bristol's Really Classical Relay

I am delighted to have been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Much of my time is spent reading and thinking about humanity's impact on the world, how this changing world is in turn impacting on us, and real solutions to this mess are often right at our fingertips and yet so difficult to grasp.