When I was an eight-year-old singing in my local choir my parents were told I should audition for one of the cathedral choirs. To their great surprise I was accepted at St Paul's. There I had some wonderful experiences - performing at the Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana and visiting the famous Abbey Road Studios to sing on a pop single, 'We all stand together' with Paul McCartney and the Kings Singers.
I won a choral scholarship to St John's College, Cambridge where I studied for an economics degree in my spare time (i.e. when the pubs were closed). After graduating I sang for a year at St Albans Abbey choir, before moving to Westminster Abbey. It was there that I met my fellow Gothic Voice, Leigh Nixon. St Albans is still my home (and coincidentally also home to Rogers Covey-Crump, my predecessor in Gothic Voices).
Like Rogers I am a high tenor, which has been very useful career-wise - we are a rare breed! Over the years I have sung with most of the early music ensembles including The Tallis Scholars, Gabrieli Consort, Taverner Consort, Clerk's Group, The Sixteen and Collegium Vocale of Ghent, but it was Chris Page who introduced me to the beauty of medieval music.
Besides Gothic Voices, I still sing regularly for The Cardinall's Musick, but much of my time is now spent with The Hilliard Ensemble. We perform a great deal of contemporary music, most recently a piece by the American composer Stephen Hartke, written for us together with Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra - a fantastic experience!
My spare time is mainly spent watching or playing sport. My long-suffering football team, QPR, finally won promotion this year (incidentally Michael Nyman and Gavin Bryars also support QPR, though they might not like people to know it!). I enjoy playing golf and tennis too, and long-distance walking when I get the chance.