University - Bath Spa University (2008 - 2011) Popular Music Performance Foundation Degree (2:1) BA Music (2:1)
Rockschool Guitar Grade 8
ABRSM Classical Guitar Grade 8
Bath Spa University's highest scoring student (Jazz Recital - BA Music 2011) with many years experience working as a professional musician around the world both in bands and as a solo artist. Music manager and Musical Director for many bands on cruise ships and around the world, organising schedules, team building exercises and ensuring highest quality performance from musicians and team members. Can play fluently in many styles of music including Popular, Latin, Jazz, Flamenco and Classical styles.
2011 - 2014 P and O Cruises - 4 piece reading band Musician
The main role of the 4 piece was to perform with tribute acts and the cabarets that didn't require the orchestra. We also had to cover many party sets where I would often sing most of the repertoire. We also covered a wide range of jazz repertoire depending on which lounge we played in, from easy listening jazz to modern fusion and everything in between. I feel these contracts honed my playing from a One dimensional jazz player to a more versatile player capable of tackling most styles. During this time I performed with artists such as David Essex and PP Arnold.
2014 - 2016 Princess Cruises - Showband Musician
During my time at Princess Cruises I played primarily in the showband which backed the production shows and all of the guest entertainers. The styles we had to cover were extensive and I felt these contracts really improved my playing greatly playing everything from musical theatre, dixieland, classical music and pretty much everything else. These contracts also helped me explore my solo guitar playing, where I would often do Classical Guitar concerts and Guitar/Vocal sets.
2018 - 2019 NCL Cruises Band Master and Sideman
This contract was extremely special to me as it was my first contract as Band Master. I got first hand real feedback from the musicians and bosses on board as to how well i was doing by being given the 'Manager of the Month' award during my second month on board. I was able to change the schedule of the entertainment and set times thus being able to give musicians a guaranteed day off every week which pleased the team greatly and it showed with our entertainment scores. During my time as manager the musicians got a 97% approval rating from passengers. During this contract i was able to expand my solo repertoire greatly, playing Irish Folk sets for St Patrick's day, Acoustic Trio sets, Classical Guitar concerts and Flamenco Shows. I would like to pursue either the Band Master position or a Solo Guitar/Vocal position in the future.