I studied music at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, winning the David Barlow Memorial Prize in my first year and graduating with first-class honours. After that, I pursued postgraduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Colin Timms at the University of Birmingham, specialising in the music of Heinrich Schütz, and receiving my PhD in 2000.
I began composing as a student, and gradually evolved my New Baroque style after experimenting with many other approaches along the way, from hardcore minimalism to rock! Since 2005, my music has been published by Chichester Music Press. My pieces have been recorded, performed in many countries including the USA and Canada, and heard on television and radio.
I am a Teacher at ICMuS, University of Newcastle, where I am also pursuing further advanced study in composition.
John Bavicchi Fund Commission for Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus, in progress (premiere March 2021).
The Daffodils: A Symphony for Chorus and Orchestra, for Cumbria Rural Choirs Festival, 2020.
Kurarusahu – A Sonata for Clarsach (Celtic harp), for Bill Taylor.
The Good-Morrow – A setting of words by John Donne, for Eden Baroque.
Be Merry, I Pray You – A Carol for Choir and Organ, commissioned by Keswick Choral Society, premiere in December 2019.
The Call and Psalm 150 – selected for inclusion in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2019.
Hard is the Road to Bethlehem – made shortlist for London Festival Chorus Call for Scores “Songs of Travel” 2018.
Fugue in Sepia – selected in Trio Taco’s Autumn Call for Scores 2018.
Beatitudes – selected in C4 Composer Collective Call for Scores 2018.
Laudate Dominum – won a Special Award in NIPOS International Competition Opus Ignotum 2018.
Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est and There is No Rose – Performed by Leeds Cathedral Choir, dir. Benjamin Saunders, as part of International Concert Series at Leeds Town Hall, December 2018. Noel: Verbum has also been performed in Carlisle, Northumbria, Leeds Cathedral and in Budapest (premiere, 2017).
Beatitudes – C4 Ensemble, St Johns-in-the-Village, 1 December 2018.
Sing Lullaby – Premiered and toured (in its 3-part arrangement) by Canty in December 2018. The 4-part version was part of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Carlisle Cathedral in December 2018.
Fugue in Sepia – toured across Ontario by Trio Taco in Autumn 2018.
Rite Majorem Iacobum Canamus – composed at request of the Abbey Singers and performed at the 150th Centenary Concert of St James, Denton Holme, Carlisle, December 2017 (dir., Jonathan Millican).
Of a Rose: Choral and Organ Music of Tamsin Jones – Album recorded by Matthew Curtis and other artists (Angelick Feathers, 2017).
Ave Regina Caelorum was included on Imagined Corners – Album by Carlisle Cathedral Choir (2016).
Magnificat in D was included on The Water of Life – Album by Chester Cathedral Choir (2002).