Current Research

I'm currently involved in the following research projects - please get in touch with me at if you want to chat about any of them!


I'm currently writing up findings from an exciting and innovative project to capture people's experiences of group singing through Cognitive Edge's Sensemaker methodology, the world's first 'distributed ethnography'. Publications are currently undergoing peer review, and I hope will be in the public domain by autumn 2019.


Sing From Your Seat

A collaboration with University of York, following on from the Fellowship and SINGS-VR projects, to capture outdoor singing in virtual reality for use in care homes and with people who couldn’t otherwise access wild singing.


Fellowship of Hill and Wind and Sunshine

An exciting project with the National Trust, University of York and Mouthful which took place in summer 2018, taking groups of singers onto the Lake District summits to sing a song cycle commemorating the gift of land by a group of mountaineers to The National Trust in 1923. Capturing the resulting performances in virtual reality for installation in Keswick Museum, and using Sensemaker as the methodology for evaluating the project. Huge thanks to Arts Council England (ACE) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for the funds to make it happen.


Sustaining a 'Portfolio' Career in Music

How do musicians sustain successful careers in an ever-changing music industry which has had its economic value radically disrupted by the internet? This project is capturing the stories of musicians who have managed to make successful careers for themselves through a 'portfolio' career, often involving performing, teaching, composing and other work.