Fanfare Contributor Bio
I am currently a student at Oxford University, studying English Literature.
My musical education began at age seven on the clarinet, and I progressed through the piano and tenor saxophone during my years at school. At that time, I was taught by Paul Smith and Paul Dodds, who were endlessly generous and multi-talented music teachers: I owe my entire musical life to them. They encouraged me to play widely in jazz bands, orchestras, and rock groups, all of which I still have a hand in at university. When not reviewing for Fanfare, I can be found making loud noises on electric guitars....
My love for Baroque music, strangely, derives from a deep loathing that began at school: a loathing that was incubated by enforced choral writing for exams and tough studies from the period arranged for the clarinet. However, as my musical experiences have widened, and as I have focused on the early 18th century in my literary studies, the greater my appreciation for counterpoint, opera, and early chamber music has become, and I now obsess over Purcell, Handel, and Bach.
I aim to write reviews that are part historical, part aesthetic. I think context is everything, even for understanding the well trodden greats: So, look out for some shades of historical placement in my reviews, amongst the attempts at insight! As ever, the old Knyghte is my North Star for all musical inspiration, and Peter is my ideal reader.