Jim Gold is NYJO’s outgoing lead alto player and has been in the band for the last five years. As he reaches the end of his time with NYJO, we asked him to reflect on his highlights.
What was your musical background before you joined NYJO?
I had studied at Junior RAM as well as the Weekend Arts College, having also played with the National Youth Orchestra. I started out with the Kingston Youth Concert Band and Big Band.
How long have you been involved in NYJO?
I joined the band in January 2012 having depped intermittently the previous year. I had attended a NYJO Christmas gig when I was about 10 and so had a sense of the band’s calibre and reputation.
Anything which you don’t think you could have done without your NYJO experience?
Playing on Radio 4 to millions on Boxing Day morning, or playing on The One Show to a similarly huge audience are rare opportunities.
Best moment in NYJO?
Two moments which stand out for overwhelming positivity, grand scale, and creative excellence would be the 2012 Prom and the 2016 Tour to Germany and Holland. Watch our video documentary here!
Maybe Riley Stone-Lonergan, Rob Luft, and David Healey standing up by themselves at the climax of a tune for no apparent reason as part of a dare that the rest of the band chickened out of.
How has NYJO developed your relationship with jazz?
It has broadened my tastes through having the opportunity to play a wide variety of music from brand new charts by Sam Glaser or Owen Dawson, to NYJO classics such as those written by Martin Williams or Mark Nightingale.
Do you think NYJO has helped you in your musical career?
Certainly, in terms of contacts made, instruction given, and regular playing opportunities with fine musicians.
Where next? What plans do you have for the next step on your career path?
It is inspiring to think of the previous occupants of my chair and direct my efforts to emulating at least some of what they have achieved.
Stay up to date with Jim’s career and plans for the future via his website.