I'm currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the supervision of Dr Gordon McPherson.
My research involves questioning and pushing the boundaries of the composer's role, exploring new ways to view and approach composition as a complete process and practice. Included in this is the importance of narrative and artistic presence. My focus is on a fully embodied, immersive approach to my own creative practice.
I am also interested in connection, communication and interaction with my audience and performers; striving to create more individual personal experiences and to break down the barriers between composer, performer and listener. Gender, aesthetics, perspective, narrative and experience are all influencing factors in my work.
Scottish Journal of Performance
I have been a Review Editor for the Scottish Journal of Performance since it began in 2012. The journal is open-access, published bi-annually, run by doctoral students and welcomes submissions on performance in Scotland (contemporary and historical) and/or wider aspects of performance by scholars/practitioners based at Scottish academic institutions.
I have also had two publications in the journal. My book review of "It's All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells", edited by Deirdre Heddon and Dominic Johnson, was published in the September 2017 issue and can be found here: Book Review 1
My review of Judith Rudakoff's "Dramaturging Personal Narratives", published in the journal in June 2015, can be found here: Book Review 2
Between March and June 2016 I undertook a research internship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in association with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. I was asked to carry out research in the area of audience engagement and the result was a project entitled "Understanding and engaging with RSNO audiences, staff and collaborators".
To conduct the research I filmed interviews with 26 people, including RSNO audience members, project participants, non-attenders and RSNO musicians, before coding all of the data and writing a 4000-word report of the findings. I was also keen to display the research findings in a practical way and produced and edited a 10 minute video collated using participants' responses.
As I'm normally a practice-based researcher, this project was a great opportunity to learn new skills in qualitative research and analysis and to expand my existing research armoury. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and am grateful to all RSNO staff, SGSAH staff and RCS staff for their guidance and support.