Monday, April 21, 2014

Anna Drysdale – Horn

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

A 20-year-old native Londoner, Anna now studies at RCM with Sue Dent and John Ryan. She also studies improvisation with Jim Rattigan, supported by the Peter Hinkley Trust. She has played with the Wally Fields Jazz Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and is one of the only horn players to have appeared at the [...]

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Barney Lowe – Trumpet

May 26, 2012 by Steve  

Barney grew up in Liphook, Hampshire, and started playing trumpet at the age of 10. He played with many youth bands in the area, including the Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra. After gaining an ABRSM Diploma in Trumpet Performance, Barney went to study Jazz at the Guildhall School of [...]

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Barry Clements – Trombone

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

Barry Clements has held the bass trombone chair with NYJO for the past two years and is currently in his final year at the Royal College under the tuition of Dave Stewart.  He has performed with various major orchestras including the Andy Panayi Big Band, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the Kenny Wheeler Big Band.

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Chris Eldred – Piano

March 8, 2010 by admin  

Chris Eldred began learning piano aged 6, studying classical and jazz simultaneously until attaining a scholarship to Trinity College to study the latter in 2007. Graduating in 2011 with first class honours, Chris has held the piano chair in NYJO for 4 years whilst having performed with the likes of Mark Lockheart, Jean Toussaint and [...]

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Chris Valentine – Trombone

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

Chris Valentine, born in 1993, from Baldock, Hertfordshire, is currently studying for a performance degree in the trombone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.  Chris has been attending NYJO rehearsals since August 2006 and has come through from the ranks of NYJO 2 into the main band and currently has the 4th trombone chair. I’ve found that [...]

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Chris Whiter – Baritone Saxophone

May 26, 2012 by Steve  

Chris Whiter, 24, from Enfield, has held NYJO’s baritone sax chair for the last year and is a prolific big band performer with many international festivals – including Montreux, Vienne and North Sea – to his name. A graduate of Southampton and Royal Holloway University of London, he is now studying for a PhD scholarship [...]

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Conor Chaplin – Bass

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

Conor Chaplin studied at Trinity Laban where he was the joint winner of Jazz Achievement Award 2011. He is a member of the WorldService project band supported by the Arts Council.

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Emma Smith

Having already shared the stage with the likes of Dame Cleo Laine, the late Sir John Dankworth and ‘BBC Jazz vocalist of the year’ winners Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw, nineteen year old Emma Smith is well on her way to her achieving her dream of being an accomplished jazz singer. At age 14 she [...]

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Felix Higginbottom – Percussion

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

Felix played his first NYJO gig at the age of 14 under the watchful eye of Bill Ashton. Born into a musical Oxford family, Felix began his life as a chorister and cellist. However, a teenage rebellion soon shifted his gaze where he was fortunate enough to study with vibraphone legend Alan Graham and session-percussionist [...]

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Helen Wilson – Flute

May 15, 2012 by Steve  

Helen, 22, from Harrogate is ABRSM scholar for Masters study at the RNCM supported by the Countess of Munster Trust.  Helen’s career highlights include winning the RNCM Gold Medal, Concerto and BFS Perfomance Plus competitions.  In 2006 she was a BBC Young Musician woodwind finalist.  Her orchestral experience  includes the BBC Philharmonic, European Union Youth Orchestra [...]

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