Sunday, October 26, 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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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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James Copus – Trumpet

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

James Copus is 17 and was born in Maidstone, Kent. With a mother as a concert pianist and father as a French horn player with the London Symphony Orchestra he started taking trumpet lessons at the age of 8. He was introduced to jazz at 14 through the Wynton Marsalis CD Hot House Flowers and [...]

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Jim Gold – Alto Saxophone

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

Jim Gold is currently studying PPE at University College, Oxford. In addition to NYJO, Jim is working with alumnus Callum Au’s Big Band as well as organ quintet Organism, which also features current NYJO band members Rob Luft and Chris Eldred. In the latter group he has performed alongside Nigel Hitchcock and Gareth Lockrane. Jim [...]

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Louis Dowdeswell – Trumpet

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

Louis Dowdeswell is 18 years old and currently the lead trumpet player in NYJO. He was born in Stevenage and grew up in the West Country gaining a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School in 2005. In 2010 he moved to the Purcell School for sixth form in Watford. Louis has been offered a scholarship to the [...]

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Nick Dewhurst – Trumpet

Nick Dewhurst comes from a musical family in Lichfield, so has been surrounded by music from an early age.  Now 21 years old, he’s studying Jazz Trumpet at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Nick draws influences from many musicians and styles, and enjoys playing guitar, piano and drums, teaching, promoting, arranging and composing.  He leads his own [...]

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Riley Stone-Lonergan – Tenor Saxophone

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

Riley Stone-Lonergan was born in 1990 in London but soon moved to Ireland, where he grew up in Co. Galway. Riley began playing classical music on clarinet and piano at a young age but only realised his vocation when he picked up the tenor saxophone at the age of fifteen and discovered jazz. Riley gained [...]

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Rob Luft – Guitar

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

Rob Luft is an 18 year old guitarist from Sevenoaks, Kent, where he is studying for his ‘A’ Levels at the Judd School. Having received tuition from jazz guitarist Mike Outram, he began professionally at the age of 15, and he has held the guitar chair in NYJO since early 2010. He is also a [...]

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Tom Dennis – Trumpet

May 26, 2012 by Steve  

Tom Dennis is 20 years old and was born in Staffordshire, but moved to London in 2010. Currently in the 2nd year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, he studies jazz trumpet under Steve Waterman. He is a member of the acclaimed Chaos Orchestra and also the Corrie Dick Sextet. Tom has performed [...]

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