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Bill Ashton OBE

June 15, 2010 by Steve  

Bill became Life President of NYJO in 2009 and continues as Founding Musical Director of NYJO. He was awarded the OBE for Services to Music in 2010.

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Clive Lewis

June 18, 2011 by Steve  

NYJO Trustee Clive Lewis has been awarded an OBE for Public Service in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honours list. Clive – who joined the NYJO Board last year, and is an adviser on the Diversity, Access and Equality committee, chaired by Jack Fallow – was recognised for the award in respect of his work as [...]

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Gill Burgoyne

My parents shared their love of Big Band music with my older brother and I from an early age, and I was hooked on recordings of Stan Kenton,Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey. Presented with the opportunity to learn the clarinet aged 9, I applied myself to the classical charts.

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Gordon Silver

April 17, 2010 by admin  

Gordon is Honorary Treasurer of NYJO which means he is the man with his hands on the purse strings! A Chartered Accountant in public practice for about forty years, Gordon took semi retirement in 2007 and this worked out until NYJO entered his life at the end of 2008. He is now no longer part time!

A lover of jazz (though he claims to know nothing about it) Gordon loves his involvement with NYJO, which was born out of his advising the late Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine for many years. He even has a son who is a professional saxophonist. So ask him about money matters or perform for him but don’t ask him who played second sax for JD in 1952 as he simply will have no idea.

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Jack Fallow

March 12, 2010 by admin  

Trustee of NYJO and NYJA

Failed as a rock drummer due to lack of talent.

Assoc. Professor at Brunel University Business School. Main interest is in complexity theory and its human dimensions.

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Kelvin Hopkins MP

April 17, 2010 by admin  

Kelvin Hopkins has been the Member of Parliament (Labour) for Luton North since 1997. Married with two grown-up children (both jazz lovers), Kelvin attended Nottingham University in the 1960s, achieving a BA (Hons) in Politics, Economics and Mathematics with Statistics. Kelvin worked in the Economic Department of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) for five years [...]

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Linda Hill

April 17, 2010 by admin  

I am a Solicitor and previously `Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives’, for more years than I admit.
My legal career was preceded by 10 years in industry, in Business Marketing for a leading American Toy Company, Computer Giant and German car manufacturer. My bi-lingual skills inherent from Eastern/Central European parents, provided the springboard for exhibition stints abroad and across the UK within the Marketing sector. My other business interests are generally more of a creative nature.
I joined the NYJO Board in 2006 having been introduced to Jazz by my trumpet playing daughter who continues to be a regular player with NYJO2. Amongst, other more formal responsibilities I deal with the weekly rehearsal attendance records, new registrations and encouragement of NYJO 2 musicians.
Way back when, and before the earth’s crust cooled my own musical tastes were predominantly rock , and whilst now having a more diverse range of musical genre interest, cannot claim any particular musical skills to speak of.

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Mike Shelton

March 12, 2010 by admin  

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England, 1976 to date.

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Appointed Deputy District Judge, South Eastern Circuit, London Group of Courts, 1993.

Secretary-General to the International Professional Dance Sport Council

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Nigel Tully

March 10, 2010 by Stephen  

I was honoured to be asked to take over as Executive Chair of NYJO in 2009, and am greatly enjoying helping this wonderful institution with the next stage of its evolution and development. I grew up in Leeds, and started playing the guitar aged 12 under the influence of Lonnie Donegan, like many British rock [...]

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Paul Hart

April 17, 2010 by admin  

Paul Hart, born 1954, is a music composer. He spent his early life in Ilford, Essex. He studied Piano, Violin and composition at the Royal College of Music, first as a junior exhibitor and later full-time. Having developed an early interest in Jazz music he left college in 1973 and started working as a bass player, piano accompanist and jazz violinist to Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, an association which was to last into the early eighties and take him around the globe many times. He was also much in demand as a session musician.

During this period he met Joe Campbell, and in 1979 the pair formed ‘Joe & Co’ a company specialising in composing and producing music for advertising, film and television. The company came to be regarded as one of the foremost music production companies in the world. The list of awards won by Campbell and Hart is testimony to this fact.

He is a prolific composer having written extensively for Jazz Orchestra (including a guitar concerto for John Williams), Wind Band (pieces such as ‘Cartoon’ and ‘Circus Ring’), Orchestra, and smaller Ensembles. His orchestral works include two concertos (one written for Evelyn Glennie), an Anthem (dedicated to Nelson Mandela), and a set of variations on the British National Anthem. Paul has had three performances of his works at the BBC Promenade concerts including the Jazz composition ‘Out Of Hamelin’ performed by the National Youth Orchestra. His books of compositions and arrangements for flute & saxophone in the ‘All Jazzed Up’ series are best sellers; the Associated Board (ABRSM) have used them as examination pieces. Other commissions include pieces for London Brass, the British Clarinet Ensemble and The Kings Singers.

Together with the orchestral conductor David Arnold, he has composed a host of music identity packages for radio stations including ‘Classic FM’, ‘Jazz FM’ and the ‘BBC World Service’.

In 2009 his composition ‘All Thus Stand Light’ had its first performance, this was commissioned for the classical guitarist Fabricio Matos, as part of his Ivor Mariants Guitar Award from The Worshipful Company of Musicians. Also in May 2009 the guitarists John Williams and John Etheridge performed another new composition by Hart as part of the ‘Music at Oxford’ series in the Sheldon Theatre.

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