Jo PhotoMy Musical Self: I play, create, listen to and think about music a lot. For me music is a forever learning practice, which is why I love it. My formal music education began at The Centre for Young Musicians, Morley College (I loved that place and wished every school day was at CYM). I then went on to study Tuba at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and later the MMus Leadership course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. My current learning involves exploring the tuba in new contexts (from folk bands to cross-art improvisation groups) and a move to ‘bass’ playing through pedals and laptop.

I love collaborating, particularly with other artforms and have recently been lucky to tour with Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients, which I co-wrote the score for. I lead/have led creative music making workshops for Barbican, LSO, Southbank, Music in Prisons and several London Music Hubs. I taught as a music specialist at a primary school in Shadwell E1 for 5 years. Most recently I took the appointment of Course Leader for Collaborative Skills and Workshop Skills at GSMD. Through experience in a range of educational settings and music making contexts I hope to focus my learning and reflections with a research project in the future.

My Musical Wish-list: One day… to have  a giant studio where I can work on large-scale interactive sound triggers;  to create new work through collaboration with theatre and visual artists; to play tuba in the same way that I sing; to be able to play the piano…