I’m a music analyst; my research interests encompass the mature chamber music of Edward Elgar (on which I wrote my PhD), late tonal music (particularly Wagner and Strauss), and early British dodecaphony. I am currently co-writing a book with Professor J. P. E. Harper-Scott, entitled Return to Riemann: Tonal Function and Chromatic Music; it is due to be published in the RMA monograph series. I’m also a keen guitarist. I was awarded the guitar-departmental performance prize during my master’s studies at Trinity Laban, Conservatoire of Music and Dance. I have just completed the manuscript for my first monograph, Twelve-Tone British Solo Guitar Music and Julian Bream.


I teach all the analysis modules one can take at Queen’s, but I also run tutorials on pop transcription and arrangement and Modernism in Vienna.



  • ‘Reginald Smith Brindle’s Concept of Tonal-Atonal Equilibrium in Theory and Practice’, Soundboard Scholar 7 (in press, December 2021).
  • ‘Tonal Dodecaphony and Sentential Form: Extracts from Humphrey Searle’s Symphony No. 2, Op. 33’, Music Theory & Analysis 8/2 (in press, October 2021).
  • ‘Structural Dissonance Reimagined: the Finale of Elgar’s Violin Sonata, Op. 82’, Music & Letters 102/2 (in press). (An advanced copy of the article is available here:
  • ‘“Octatonic” voice leading and diatonic function in the Allegro molto from Elgar’s String Quartet in E minor, op. 83’, Music Theory Online 26/1 (2020)
  • ‘Diatonic Illusions and Chromatic Waterwheels: Edward Elgar’s Concept of Tonality’, Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, 15/1 (2020): 3-29
  • ‘A Diminished-Seventh Bassbrechung: Tonal Ambiguity and the Prolongation of Function in Edward Elgar’s String Quartet, 1st movement’, GAMUT: Online Journal of the Music-Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic 9/1 (2020): 1-29

Book chapters

  • ‘Tonality and (the) “Beyond”: Elgar’s Gerontius and Piacevole’ in Art, Music, and Mysticism in the Long Nineteenth Century, eds. Michelle Foot and Corrinne Chong (Routledge, under contract for August 2022: 7,500 words).