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Ashley studied composition at London University and organ with Andrew Lumsden (Westminster Abbey), and then education at Durham. Having started his teaching career at Bishop Heber High School, Malpas, he is now working as a freelance music educator in and around Cheshire. As Special Projects Manager for Music for Life, he is currently working in partnership with Excellence in Crewe leading the highly acclaimed Whole Class Instrumental Teaching project, introducing the joys of instrumental music making to every primary school in Crewe! Ashley is also the director of the Music for Life Junior Orchestra. Ashley has devised and directed all of the Summer Rock and Pop Summer Schools for Cheshire County Council. He has also worked alongside the Dance Advisor providing music for nursery to sixth form projects.
Ashley has composed for numerous stage productions. Most recently he was Musical Director for Amadeus at the New Vic Theatre where he has previously been Chorus Master for Sweeney Todd and Musical Supervisor on The Snow Queen and Once A Catholic. Recent commissions have included a rock reworking of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Come, O True Light, a drum and bass anthem written for Worcester Cathedral.
As an accompanist he has toured Japan and he is currently Musical Director of The Phoenix Singers and The British Methodist Youth Choir, with whom he has recently released A New Dawn – an album of brand new choral works. His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes and Stainer & Bell Ltd.