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Simon Purcell

March 12, 2010 by admin  

Simon Purcell, jazz musician and educator, best known as Head of Jazz at Trinity College of Music and member of the Pop and Jazz Steering Group for the Association of European Conservatoires.

Since 2009 Simon has been one of NYJO’s key advisers, particularly on Musical Policy matters, and also on NYJO’s relationships with Conservatoires and music colleges. He was the architect of NYJO’s Strategic Partnership with Conservatoires UK.

Still active as a performer, he has appeared with Red Rodney, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Stan Sulzman, Jean Toussaint and Julian Arguelles. His current quintet features Julian Siegel, Chris Batchelor and Gene Calderazzo.

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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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