"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas.
I'm frightened of the old ones"
His commitment to contemporary classical music appeared early his career when he formed the Blue Rider Ensemble while still a student, giving several premieres including
works by Walton, MacMillan, Tavener and Takemitsu. At the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio he conducted the London premiere of
John Adams’s I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (also at the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music), and he was the conductor for
Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Barber’s A Hand of Bridge (Southwark Theatre) and Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock
(Battersea Arts Centre). He also worked with composer Dominic Muldowney and the BBC Symphony Orchestra on the premiere of Three Pieces
for Orchestra, devising the electronic cueing system for this work. With the Opera24 company, of which he is the artistic director, he conducted
Così fan Tutte for the 2013 Grimeborn festival, as well as its 2014 revival. Forthcoming opera engagements include La Bohème, Il Nozze di Figaro,
Wozzeck and the world première of Marc Blitzstein’s No For An Answer.