I was born in Nottingham and learned to sing music with the choir of St. Peter's Church. I also performed shows with the Nottingham Amateur Dramatic Society, and later wrote my own musical, Beauty and the Beast, for the youth group at St Peter's.
The show went on to win a national competition, the Vivian Ellis Prize, through which I came to meet heroes of musical theatre Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh.
I studied music at Clare College Cambridge, before going freelance as a Musical Director and later a composer, working in both these capacities at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Lincoln Center New York.
I also teach a course to aspiring writers of musical theatre. It's called Book, Music & Lyrics and I'm super-proud of it.
I have written songs for Series 1 & 2 of BBC Radio 4 show Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar. In 2016 I fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing the Minute Waltz live on Radio 4's long-running panel show Just a Minute.
I'm currently the Musical Director for the new UK touring production of the National's Theatre's famous show War Horse and this year I have been Musical Supervisor and Musical Director on the new British musical Dusty, and composer for Women in Power at the Nuffield Theatre.
I'm also a keen magician, and an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle of Great Britain.