Oxbridge Tutor Experiences – Music

Tell us about life after uni and how was it relevant yo your current profession?

My academic studies included music theory, philosophy, and history from the Middle Ages to the present day. I am now a professional orchestral conductor, and so am constantly engaged in reading and listening in ways that are relevant to the music I perform, with a particular (but by no means exclusive) focus on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music, such as that of Mahler and Wagner. I also regularly perform newly composed works. I continue to write academically, with a recent publication by the Wagner Journal. My work as a performer means that my approach to teaching music is always engaged with the reality of the music itself, and each individual student’s relationship with it.