Drums

Andy Wish – Started drumming at the age of 7 in Pipe bands and moved onto the Drum Kit. Whilst in the Royal Engineers he was a Profesional Musician in their Germany Band. Since leaving the Army, Andy has built a career in the industry as an International Drummer to the Stars including Rod Stewart, Adam Ant, BBC Studio Orchestra, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, East 17, 16 Tambourines, AU, Add-Libb. Andy also does studio work for TV, Radio & Film and is a sort-after Session player in all styles.

Strings

Joanne Chambers, Violin 1 – I have worked with many ensembles in the UK including Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Winchester Chamber orchestra, Opera North, bel Canto Opera and the Elgar Camerata with whom I will be performing a premier of rediscovered Elgar Chamber Music in 2009. I have played in many of the Countries Theatres for Gilbert and Sullivan works and shows such as The King and I. My Fair Lady etc. I have performed with the vocalist jamie knight and recorded backing for his CD “Bound”. I have also performed and toured with The Bootleg Beatles. I also play with the Wigornia String Quartet who will be performing at the Harvington Festival in July 2009.

Jimmy Goodwin, Violin 2 –

Sean Gilde, Cello 1 – Sean was founder member of the Astaria and Almira String Quartets and in that capacity has given many recitals at many of the UK’s major Concert Halls including the Purcell Room, St Johns’ Smith Square, the Conway Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham.  A bursary resulted in extended study at the IMS Prussia Cove with the Astaria Quartet. Sean has performed at Festivals, for Music Societies and has also broadcast live for Classic FM and BBC Radio 4. As a Chamber musician as well as working for the Council for music in Hospitals and Live Music Now! Sean has toured regularly by invitation for the National Federation of Music Societies Music Club Circuit. Sean has presented Workshops and lecture recitals and has also worked with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. Sean Teaches at Repton School in Derbyshire and plays on a Cello by Colin Mezin from 1902.

Stefano Metteucci, Cello 2 – Graduated in cello at the Conservatory of la Refice in Frsinonein 2003, but educated at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilla in Rome, with maestros M.Buffa, G.Ravenna and M.Gambini. After several years of experience in orchestra and chamber music he began to play other kinds of music, like Jazz and Rock. Then he started to sing and create his own music: Instrumental compositions and songs in an Alternative rock with Classical influences. In his own music he plays Cello and sings at the same time on stage. With this project he reached the Semi Finals of The Roma Music Festival and Marte Live Festival. He then recorded for Sky TV and rete Oro tv channel for the talenz program. He has recently moved to london where he does gigs regulary with his new band. he has also recorded three videos for the competition1click2frame currently in progress.             

Brass

Robert Wallace, Trumpet 1 – Rob as a youngster studied athe Junior department of The Royal College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music and from 1999 to 2003 was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Rob then went onto complete a BMbus Hons Degree at The Guildhall School of Music and spent the first semester of his third year studying at the Hamburg HochschulefurMusik un Theater with Matthias Hofs. He was then accepted onto London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Future Firsts apprenticeship scheme and completed an 8 month contract with the SouthbankSinfonia. As a freelance musician Rob has performed with many eminent orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Sinfonia, nationalOrqusetra do Porto, West Kazakstan Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Chamber Orchestra of Wales and regularly works as a workshop and instrumental tutor for the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery education and outreach depatment.

Duncan Fraser, Trumpet 2 – Duncan is a young jazz trumpeter who is fast becoming sought after, both on the London jazz scene and for recording sessions and gigs all over the UK.  While studying on a music scholarship at Exeter University, Duncan got to learn from some of the finest jazz musicians in the UK, including Steve Waterman, Nuick Smart and many others.  Now Duncan fronts his own jazz quartet and can be found regularly gigging in London, playing contemporary jazz written both by him and other band members.  Duncan also plays with the National Jazz Youth Orchestra as well as for a few musicals.  He has worked with current artists including Nyika & Girls, Girls, Girls and is performing and recording with Laura Pharoah, Gemma Mewse and a 9-piece funk/soul band ‘Soul Kid’ in some of the biggest venues and studios in London and the UK.

Richard “Chuck” Probert, Trumpet 3 – Richard was among the First Jazz Students to emerge from the Victorian College of Arts in Melboune, Australia. He has studied Trumpet with Australia’s finest including Bob Venier, Geoffrey Payne and Rob Smithies. He has performed in places as diverse as Grampians National Park while living in Victoria, to the Merimbula Jazz Festival. He accompanied an array of International Entertainers while working for Princess Cruises, celebrity cruises and on the QE2. In Melbourne he can be heard with with blues man John Cameron’s “Out For The Count”, The Dizzy’s Big band or at Fitzroy’s Cape lounge with the “Soul Hammond Expenience”. Richard was featured soloist for Dr Gavin Franklin’s Woody Shaw project performed at the Pot Fairy Spring music Festival in 2004. Recent projects have been with producer composer Sebastian Lorefice and the alternative indie Radio Caroline. Now based in the UK he plays every Monday at Manchester’s TV21.

Robbie Harvey, Trombone 1 – Robbie was born and grew up in Jersey in the Channel Islands and is now based in London. Age 17 he was a member of the National Youth Brass band of Great Britain. In 2006, aged 18, he began studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Denis Wick on the Classical trombone Course. During his first year Robbie began playing Lead trombone with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He also won the British Trombones Society’s Jiggs Whigham Jazz Trombone Competition. Having always been interested in Jazz, he continued in the second year of the Jazz couse at the Guildhall School of Music and drama, studying with Malcolm Earle Smith. Earlier this year, he won the BTS Don Lusher Competition. Soon after, he also won the International Trombone Festival in Salt Lake City, UTAH. Whilst living and studiyng in London, Robbie has had the pleasure of performing alongside some great musicians such as Mark Nightingale, Jiggs Whigham, Bert Boeren, Andy Wood, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler and many others. He has also appeared with Pete Long’s Gillespiana, Andy Panayi’s Time Zones Big Band, The London jazz Orchestra and has performed in such venues as Ronnie Scotts in Soho. Robbie is a performing artist for Michael Rath trombones.

Joe Stevenson, Trombone 2 – After obtaining a music degree in 2003, I began my professional career playing for a short time on P & O Cruise Ships. Since then, I have worked as the first choice trombone player for The Brass Monkeys’ Horn Section, playing on a number of live tours and studio albums throughout Europe. In more recent years, I have also begun writing brass and string parts for some of these shows, having had arrangements played at venues all over the UK, including Hammersmith Apollo, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, and at the Liverpool Echo Arena, in a show supporting Westlife. For the last 2 years, I have been a permanent fixture of the “Elvis On Tour” show, which has introduced me to some of the biggest live music venues in Europe, and provided me with the chance to learn from many fantastic musicians.

Daniel Beer, French Horn – Dan started learning the horn at the age of 12 with his father Paul Beer. In 1999, Dan joined the London Schools Symphony Orchestra as principal horn and was there until 2005. He was awarded a full scholarship at the Purcell School of Music in 2000, where he studied with Simon de Souza. Whilst there Dan performed many recitals at the Wigmore Hall and a concerto with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra at St Martin’s in the Fields. He was also principal horn of the Purcell Symphony Orchestra at The Investiture Orchestra which regulary performed for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Dan also performed to Prince Charles in 2004 at the UNESCO Palace in Paris. In 2005, Dan was accepted into the Guildhall School of Music where hs is currently in his last year. Dan has also performed with many professional Orchestras including the RTE Symphony Orchestra and the Malta Philharmonic where he was recently offered job of co principal. Dan has also enjoyed playing in the national Youth Jazz Orchestra during the last few years.

Annette Brown, Dep, trumpet

Wind

Nick Smith, Tenor Sax 1 – Assistant Musical Director – By the age of sixteen, Nick Norton Smith had hung out backstage with Mick Jagger, Billy Preston and Chaka Khan and toured throughout North America. An extensive playing career began with saxophone at 19 and signing to Go! Discs with Dexy’s Midnight Runners founder Kevin and recording an album with legendary producer Pete Wingfield (Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, BB King) at the renowned Chipping Norton studios (Doctor Feelgood, Duran Duran, Level 42, XTC The Bay City Rollers, Status Quo, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Beverley Craven, Fairport Convention, Mark Owen) before extensive promotional touring and TV appearances. Nick was also awarded “Best Musician” at Edinburgh International Jazz Festival.