I am a Leeds University graduate arts professional with a background in radio production and music. Through my work since graduating, particularly a number of years at the BBC, I have developed skills in a number of different creative fields, from producing full-length radio documentaries to programming and coordinating live events, as well as digital and social media skills.
Assistant producer for Radio 3’s new and experimental music strands including Hear and Now, Open Ear and Exposure. Tasks include extensive research in to UK's contemporary classical and experimental music scenes, helping to generate content ideas and choose music and artists for programmes. Also a regular producer for Radio 3’s live breakfast show - building running orders and live in-studio production, working directly with on-air talent.
Assistant producer on a number of strands for Radio 3 produced in MediaCity, Salford - mainly Sound of Cinema, Radio 3 in Concert, Hear & Now and In Tune. Have stood in as producer for Sound of Cinema, Saturday Classics and Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts, as well as producing on air and online content for special seasons including Radio 3’s Northern Lights season and the Why Music weekend at Wellcome Collection.
Provide research on guests and items for episodes. I was frequently the point of contact and liaison for artists appearing on the show and their management, meeting and greeting them on the day as well as booking transport and organising payment and expenses. I take professional-standard photographs of all live guests for use on social media and the Radio 3 website. Also assisted in the procurement of music and other items for use on the show, as well as checking the contractual rights of use for each item. Helped manage the show's planning grid and input upcoming concerts in to the show's events database. Assisted in the forward planning of shows at weekly meetings.
Provided freelance and cover shifts for BBC London, operating the radio desk for Eddie Nester's Drivetime show. Included extensive use of Radioman and ENPS, as well as training of taking network from different BBC Studios and providing contact to outside sources.
Operated the radio desk for live shows including the Sunday morning Breakfast show with Stig Abell, and Beverley Turner's show. Also liaise with live guests and prepare audio packages for on-air.
Worked as a Team Assistant for the production teams for Scott Mills, Greg James, Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Pete Tong. I assisted in all areas of the shows production, both before the show and during the live broadcasts. Also carried out music reporting for each of these show as well as Phil Taggart and Alice Levine's weekday evening shows.
Ran the radio desk during live and pre-recorded broadcasts, edited packages and interviews using Adobe Audition and Myriad. Also scheduled and used Myriad as a play out system.
I have produced two hour-long documentaries for BBC Radio 1xtra - 'When Words Collide', which investigated the relationship between hip-hop, poetry and spoken word, and ‘The Story of Eazy-E’ which was part of 1xtra’s ‘Gone Too Soon’ strand. For the documentaries I conducted a number of interviews with some of the biggest names in both poetry and rap including Public Enemy's Chuck D, KRS-One, Dead Prez, Benjamin Zephaniah, Scroobius Pip and Kate Tempest. The programmes were presented by Nihal and Charlie Sloth respectively.
Assisted with the running of ClassicFM.com. Duties included regular updating and maintaining of the whole site and regularly producing new content including the weekly Classic FM Podcast, photo galleries, news stories and commercial web pages. I assisted in covering live events including Classic FM Live in London and Cardiff, the Music For Youth Schools Prom and the Classic Brit Awards. Also managed the station’s social media on Twitter and Facebook and regularly liaised with artists and management to organise interviews and other online content.
I produced a series of podcasts for an independent poetry magazine. For these podcasts I conducted interviews with all writers involved as well as the editors of the magazines.
August 2011 – March 2013: DIY Radio – Presenter September 2011 – February 2013: Roundhouse Radio – Presenter/Producer February – April 2011: XFM – Breakfast Show Intern February – May 2011: Gardener’s Question Time – Assistant Producer Janury 2011: Somethin Else – Intern November 2010: BBC Radio 6Music – Intern July 2009 – July 2010: Leeds Student Radio – Head of Music
As a cellist I attended the National Chamber Music Course, an annual week-long residential music course for young string-players every summer from the age of 12-18, and then became an integral staff member for a number of years. As part of the management team I assisted in the promotion and main organisation of the course before it takes place and during the week continued to help out with the general running of the course including assisting with coaching and performing.