My two years as Director of the Homerton Jazz Orchestra

Standing taller: Last year (2015-2016) I set out to establish a jazz big band at Homerton College (read about Year 1 here). As the Director of HoJO, I wrote/arranged a new repertoire for the orchestra and explored the early era of Duke Ellington. HoJO … Continued

Cambridge May Balls (2 of 2): Contract & Soundcheck Craziness!

Last year, I performed at 13 Cambridge May Week events with the Olsen Jazz Band (OJB) and HoJO. To provide a helpful reference to others, I wrote a blog post describing the ups and downs ranging from the well-organised colleges … Continued

Kaleidescope Conference

Kaleidoscope 2016 was a two-day academic conference in the Faculty of Education in Cambridge. The focus this year was the question:  How can we bridge the gap between theory and practice through educational research? I had the pleasure of chairing … Continued

Cambridge May Balls (1 of 2): A performer’s perspective

  In early June, most colleges in Cambridge hold an annual ‘May Ball’ to celebrate the end of the academic year. This article highlights some of my experiences as a performer and band leader during Cambridge May Week with the goal of helping … Continued