I’m a trainee solicitor at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and studied law at the University of Law, Moorgate. Before entering law, I majored in vocal performance at Rice University, Houston, Texas and received a doctorate in theology and music from Durham University. I’m a freelance web developer and have created websites for Canterbury Press as well as Duke, Rice and Durham Universities. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, I now live in London.


Projects

Websites

Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology

The Dictionary is an academic resource with over 2 million words and 4000 entries published by Canterbury Press (October 2013). I designed the website, developed a wiki-based editing system and copyedited entries.

Corporate Procedure Generator

A free LPC revision study aid that generates complete corporate procedure plans, allowing the user to customise parameters and actions.

Randy Jirtle

Professor Jirtle is a leading researcher in the field of epigenetics, and happens to be my dad! I developed a website to showcase his news and research.

Genomic Imprinting Website

This web resource, originally based at Duke University, includes news, articles, genetic databases and bioinformatic tools for all known and predicted imprinted genes in 15 species.

Project for Spirituality, Theology & Health

This project, a joint endeavour between the departments of theology and health at Durham University, explores the connections between spirituality and health through theological and medical research.

Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain

The Catholic Theological Association, an organisation of academics, clergy and interested lay members, needed a website to promote the organisation and help maintain contact with their members.

Wesley Study Centre

The Wesley Study Centre in Durham trains Methodist ministers and acts as a resource for the Methodist Church in the northeast.

Other websites

I've also created websites for:

† Subsequently redesigned

Music

I’ve been singing since I was seven, and had a number of opportunities to sing as a boy soprano: as Amahl in Menotti’s Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, on numerous occassions in Duke Chapel services, and twice with the North Carolina Symphony.

Now a baritone, I particularly enjoy singing art songs and Renaissance polyphony:

† Kate Christensen, piano
¶ with a vocal group I directed at Rice

Lift Thine Eyes: Music Through the Ages

16 selections of treble vocal music recorded in Duke Chapel, now available on iTunes. Highlights include 'O Holy Night', Fauré’s 'Pie Jesu' and 'A Song of Wisdom' by C.V. Stanford.

Research

My doctoral research, funded by an Overseas Research Student Award, focused on why there is a relationship between theology and music: why music seems 'theologically loaded'. I approached this question using Kantian aesthetics, which views judgments of beauty as 'pure' judgments, neither rational nor moral. This interpretation links backwards to the medieval idea of beauty as a transcendental (a perspective on God's being) and forward to theories that describe spirituality in aesthetic terms (Schleiermacher, James). It also represents a point in Kant's otherwise self-contained, subjective philosophy where an appeal to some sort of objective standard is required. Aesthetic judgments, and particularly our experience of music, require us to believe in the truth of something outside our minds, and thus are inherently theological.

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