Thursday, April 24, 2014

Honorary Vice Presidents

April 22, 2014 by Stephen  

Baroness Amos Guy Barker Lord Coe Lord Colwyn Dame Cleo Laine Anthony Male CMG Life President and Founder: Bill Ashton OBE

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Gemma Buckenham – NYJO Jazz Ensemble MD

June 13, 2013 by Stephen  

Gemma is a trumpet player and music educator. Hailing from Lincoln, she was inspired to start learning the trumpet as a child after seeing NYJO perform. Gemma has worked in the U.K and internationally with many pop artists including Marc Almond, Roy Wood, Cyndi Lauper and Gloria Estefan. She has performed in musicals and theatre [...]

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NYJO & Jazz Services

October 15, 2012 by Stephen  

Since 2009 NYJO has worked in close partnership with Jazz Services Ltd (JSL), whose advice and help has been vital during a period of great change and development for NYJO. JSL and NYJO representatives attend each other’s Board meetings as observers and the Arts Council’s funding for NYJO is channelled through JSL. NYJO also contributes [...]

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Simon Oldham: Sound Engineer

August 13, 2012 by Stephen  

Simon completed a National Diploma in Music Technology at Gloucestershire College with distinction some years ago, moved to London and after months of work experience began freelancing as a sound engineer. Simon was introduced to NYJO and has been mixing the band since late 2009. He also works as an engineer in several music venues [...]

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Tim Bray: Sound Engineer

August 13, 2012 by Stephen  

Tim completed an HND in Music Production at Newcastle college before moving to London in 2000. Soon after he began working for NYJO and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, both of whom he still works for on a regular basis. He has also gone on to work with many varied bands as Front of House Engineer [...]

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Theuns van Dyk: Sound Engineer

August 7, 2012 by Stephen  

Theuns van Dyk started sound engineering in a church in South Africa at the age of sixteen.  In 2003 he moved to London and studied for a Foundation Degree in Music Technology at City of Westminster College. He first received the opportunity to do work experience with NYJO in December 2007.  In May 2008 he [...]

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Stephen Chamberlain: Partnerships & Development Manager

August 6, 2012 by Stephen  

After playing trumpet in big bands at school, sixth form and whilst studying for a degree in Music Stephen went on to work for the  London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, South Bank Centre, an artist management company and finally Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where he was Projects Manager for a number of [...]

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Tim Garland

August 5, 2012 by Steve  

Tim Garland was brought up in Canterbury and studied Composition and Saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. He is now in demand for his work as a composer, arranger and saxophone player, and is one of the few UK jazz musicians to have forged a presence in the USA.

His early career included collaborations with artists such as Ronnie Scott and John Dankworth, and in 1999 he was invited by Chick Corea to join his touring band, Origin. He also won a Grammy for his orchestrations of several of Chick Corea’s classic pieces on the CD The New Crystal Silence, which were performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

He has won several BBC awards for writing and playing, including BBC Radio 3’s Innovation Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2006 for his new Lighthouse Trio, featuring pianist Gwilym Simcock and drummer and percussionist Asaf Sirkis.

Tim was one of the composers not traditionally associated with NYJO who were commissioned to write the “5445” set of compositions to celebrate NYJO’s 45th anniversary in 2010. When the BBC invited NYJO to perform at its own 2012 Prom, they also asked us to suggest a composer who the BBC could commission to write a new work to be premiered at the Prom with the composer as guest soloist. Mark Armstrong had no hesitation in naming Tim, and the subsequent collaboration between Tim, Mark and the band has been a great creative and educational experience for NYJO’s young musicians. Tim guests on 3 tracks on NYJO’s new album “The Change”, and co-produced it with Mark and Miles Ashton.

He currently performs with several ensembles, including Acoustic Triangle and Storms/Nocturnes, whose CD VIA was released last year. He has also guested with Gwilym Simcock at Kings Place in London, appeared with the Lighthouse Trio in Spain and premiered his own Concerto for Percussion, Saxophone and Orchestra at the Barbican Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra. His wide-ranging discography includes such diverse discs as Rising Tide, If The Sea Replied, The Mystery and Celebrating Bach.

Tim Garland is currently Research Fellow in New Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

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Mark Armstrong

August 3, 2012 by admin  

Mark Armstrong was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and studied at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.

Re-appointed as the Artistic and Music Director for NYJO in 2012, Mark had taken the rehearsals and written for the band for many years – before that Mark was a member of the NYJO’s trumpet section. He believes that he is the second longest serving NYJO1 person after Bill Ashton – and may well be right…

As a composer and arranger he has written extensively for big band and is a former winner of the BBC Big Band Competition arranging prize. Additionally, he composes and arranges for a variety of forces from small jazz ensemble to full orchestra and many of his works have been recorded by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

As a performer, he was nominated in the best trumpet category of the 2007 Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards and he performs regularly with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and in small groups with Stan Tracey, Clark Tracey and many others in the UK and further afield. He also has a busy career as a freelance player in London.

Mark Armstrong is Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and works as a moderator, trainer and examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

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Paul Eshelby – NYJO Academy Big Band MD

August 3, 2012 by admin  

Paul was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He joined the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra at the age of twenty under the musical direction of Brian Fahey. Paul was a featured soloist both on radio and television recording for Scottish and national audiences. In 1980 he moved to London where he joined the BBC Radio Orchestra [...]

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