I have had a varied career in the music/audio industry, whilst at the same time working as a musician and worship leader. My first degree was in Physics and Acoustics, and for some 12 years or so I worked in various roles in the professional audio industry, first as a production engineer (for Neve Electronic Laboratories) then later as Service Manager for AMS Neve working with both analogue and digital systems for broadcast and recording applications. I also ran technical training courses for broadcast engineers. For a while I worked with Rupert Neve in his sound reinforcement consultancy business.
My interest in creativity and the arts led to a further degree in humanities with the Open University where I majored in philosophy of the arts (aesthetics), human philosophy and religious studies - the latter focused on religion in Victorian Britain. Right now I am still studying in my old age! - working on a doctorate at King's College London (proud to be one of the top 20 universities in the world!). I am working under Prof. Ben Quash exploring the theology of imagination, looking specifically at the life and work of George MacDonald.
In parallel to all this, I have always been a gigging musician and writer and have also been involved in various churches in musical roles. Until 2004 I was on the staff of the Manchester Vineyard Church for nine years where I was the director of the Creative Worship Centre. This broad experience enables me to teach in a number of areas which include:
- Songwriting and creative writing (exploring the creative process from conception through to finished work)
- Design and use of audio systems (this workshop is aimed at users of audio systems who are not particularly technical: we explore basic electronics and acoustics to help you not only invest in the right equipment, but get the best out of it)
- Acoustic guitar workshop (beginners/intermediate)
- Vocal workshop and vocal coaching
- Leading contemporary worship
- Creativity from a biblical perspective
- How to become more creative.