I'm a London based freelance drummer working predominantly in the realms of jazz, popular music and West End theatre, among other live and studio engagements. I also record and produce music from my home studio.
Much of my regular live work takes place within London's broad jazz and improvised music scene. I am a member of the Misha Mullov-Abbado Group, Ralph Wyld's 'Mosaic' and the Tom Green Septet, who all play music written by their respective band leaders and have released their own albums. I also co-run, write for and play with the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, a collaborative contemporary big band playing original compositions written by its members, who are due to release their debut album in at the end of 2018. Big bands are a great passion of mine and I've also had the pleasure of playing for some other great groups including the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, London City Big Band and the Callum Au Big Band.
I became involved with West End theatre in 2015 after I was asked to take over on drums for the UK tour of hit musical Wicked for its final six months. Since then I have been a deputy for the long running London production, as well as other West End shows including Aladdin, Chicago, Annie, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was also an understudy on Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined during its West End run in 2015/16, which gave me the rare experience of performing an entire show on stage as an actor-musician. In addition to pit bands I have been the drummer for the London Musical Theatre Orchestra since its launch in 2016, who's performances to date have included acclaimed concerts at the Lyceum Theatre and the Palladium.
I began learning drums at the age of eight, and one of my earliest key musical experiences as a young teenager was with a rehearsal big band of ex-professionals, led by trumpeter Stan Reynolds. I spent a few years with them, playing through classic big band charts every single week typically penned by the likes of Count Basie arrangers Sammy Nestico and Neil Hefti. This undoubtedly set me up to join the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and I became their principal drummer aged sixteen. My six years spent with the band were equally paramount to my musical training and gave me some great opportunities, most notably playing at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2012 BBC Proms in a live television broadcast, and recording an album of new music at Angel Studios.
I studied jazz at the Royal Academy of Music from 2010-2014, receiving tuition from drum masters Martin France, Jeff Williams and Ian Thomas. I was also able to work and perform with many other amazing UK and international artists on various projects there; one of many highlights was playing a concert with double bass legend Dave Holland in a sextet. During my time as a student I was very grateful to win two scholarship prizes - the Humphrey Lyttelton Award in 2013, and a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship the following year upon graduating with a First-Class Honours degree.
Cover photo credit: William Pope