Rod is a composer, pianist, horn player, singer, community musician and workshop leader with over 40 years experience with all ages and abilities. He recently retired after 44 years teaching, lecturing and researching, latterly at the University of Chichester where he led programmes in improvisation, composition music therapy and community music and at the University of Winchester teaching vocal improvisation. His range of expertise in vocal techniques is broad and works across numerous styles, including jazz and blues, world music, cross-over styles and free improvisation.
Rod founded the Lifemusic method in 1988 and now runs regular workshops and a training programme for practitioners and workshop leaders. The ‘Vox Anima’ project launched successfully in June 2013 focusses on unaccompanied vocal groups, improvisation and deep listening. His most recent projects include ‘Running Wild’ (vocal chants and hockets for Regents’ Park Theatre summer production in 2016) and ‘Lifesongs’ in collaboration with Klawitter Theatre Group, Dublin, bringing to life through song and theatre the stories and memories of older people living in care homes.