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Brass and Wind

Brass and Wind

Junior Brass and Wind

Age/Level: Grade 1-3 Time: 9:30am - 10:15am Taught By: Daisy Coole

An introduction to playing in a wind band for young musicians who can play at least 5 notes and up to grade 3. Repertoire is mostly standard concert band and film scores with a focus on developing ensemble playing.

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Players often graduate to Junior Jazz and Big Band from here.

Junior Jazz

Age/Level: Grade 4-6 Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Taught By: Daisy Coole

A junior Big Band for young musicians who are at grade 4 – 6 level. Students develop ensemble playing, reading and improvising skills, as well as a core understanding of jazz, pop and funk. Recent public performances include Hampstead Heath Bandstand and leading the Kentish Town Festival Parade.

Big Band

Age/Level: Grade 6-8 Time: 11:45am - 1:00pm Taught By: Simon da Silva

The flagship YMM Big Band has been performing challenging classic Big Band repertoire for more than 25 years. Students also focus on developing their improvising skills and advanced jazz harmony. There are many opportunities for public performances during the year: past events have included travelling to Helsinki as part of a Big Band exchange and taking part in workshops with top UK jazz musicians, such as Mark Lockheart, Jasper Hoiby and Nerija.

Small Band

Age/Level: Grade 4-8 on your instrument Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm Taught By: Reuben Fowler

A small, intermediate, jazz ensemble that focuses on jazz improvisation - swing, bebop, etc.

This is a mixed-age ensemble, for ages 14yrs+

Flute Ensemble

Age/Level: Grade 4+ Time: 11:00am - 11:30am Taught By: Alex Griffiths

An intermediate to advanced group exploring flute quartet and quintet repertoire, for mixed ages.

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Daisy Coole

Daisy Coole

Daisy Coole

Daisy Coole is a composer, woodwind specialist and educator… and former YMM student! After graduating from university with a 1st Class BA Honours degree in music and both department prizes for performance and composition, she toured the UK Europe with internationally-renowned bands, appearing on radio and television alongside artists such as Lady Gaga, and as a featured saxophonist on BBC Radio 6 Music.

Daisy co-founded music and post-production sound company, Two Twenty Two in 2014, alongside Tom Nettleship. Described as "an absolute formula for success" by film critic, Mark Kermode, their film scores have been featured in New York Times, the United Nations General Assembly, and performed live at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as screening at countless film festivals around the world.

Daisy is a regular host and panellist for organisations including Women in Film & TV, the Alliance for Women Film Composers and #SheTakesOver. She is an advocate for making the world of film composing open and accessible because she wants all young people to know this career is possible.

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Simon da Silva

Simon da Silva

Simon da Silva

Simon studied at the Guildhall School of Music on their Jazz Course. He then played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the London Jazz Orchestra. He has toured and recorded with the Arts Council with various groups such as Andrea Vicari, Mingus Moves & Michael Garrick.

Simon has played with various jazz groups - Kenny Wheeler, Jean Toussaint, Tim Garland, Pete King - and Pop groups including Brand New Heavies. He has also toured with the shows - Ain't Misbehavin' & Five Guys Names Mo.

Simon teaches Brass for Barnet, Camden and Enfield boroughs. He has directed the Youth Jazz Orchestra in Havering and Superjazz in Barnet. He has also taught jazz theory and improvisation at City Lit. College.

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Martin Ellins

Martin Ellins

Martin Ellins

Martin has had a wide and varied playing and teaching career spanning 20 years. His playing ranges in style from classical to rock though blues and jazz. Martin studied at the London College of Music, achieving an ALCM and LLCM. Since then his playing has taken him to the Greenwich, Cheltenham and Saddleworth Festivals.

Martin has also played on BBC Radio, Shanghai Television, the Amsterdam Hilton and for various West End shows. He has also been involved in producing tapes for education.

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Reuben Fowler

Reuben Fowler

Reuben Fowler

Reuben Fowler is a 27 year old jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger and teacher based in London. He is currently the trumpet player for Paloma Faith and Culture Club, and has also performed with an array of artists including Noel Gallagher and Texas. As a result he has performed at some of the most coveted venues and festivals worldwide including the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, The Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles), the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Glastonbury and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Reuben has also worked extensively as a session musician and his performing credits include the BBC Big Band. Worldwide, he has played on broadcasts including: Jools Holland's Annual Hootenanny, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Jonathan Ross Show, Alan Carr Chatty Man, Taratata, and Live at the Palladium.

Reuben Fowler graduated in 2012 from the Royal Academy of Music, winning the Kenny Wheeler Award for composition and performance and the Musicians Benevolent Peter Whittingham Award. He also won the John Baker Memorial Award for brass.

Following the online success of the Facebook page Trumpet Tuesday; which is co- managed by Reuben alongside two other Royal Academy of Music alumni, he was asked to lead a group masterclass for the jazz and classical brass students at his alma- mater in 2016. Prior to this, he had also taught the Jazz Ensemble at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. 

In 2013 Reuben Fowler wrote and arranged, rehearsed and recorded his own big band as part of a trans-atlantic recording project called Between Shadows, featuring jazz legends Tom Harrell, Stan Sulzmann and Jim Hart. The project later resulted in Fowler being cited: "...maybe the most exciting and accomplished trumpeter to emerge on the British Jazz scene.."

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Alex Griffiths

Alex Griffiths

Alex Griffiths

Alex is an enthusiastic teacher with experience in all ages and abilities. She also freelances around the UK, playing with a variety of orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra. 

She is a recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she received her Masters in Orchestral Artistry and studied with Gareth Davies, Philippa Davies, Ian Clarke and Christopher Green. Previous to this, she gained a scholarship to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for undergraduate, learning predominantly with Sarah Newbold, where she played with all the colleges ensembles and reached the final of the concerto competition in 2014. 

She is a founding member of the Vesta Trio who are recent recipients of the Cardiff Violins Chamber Prize and finalists of the McGrenary Chamber Competition. In 2017, they were accepted onto the Live Music Now scheme and give frequent performances and workshops. They also represent Music in Hospitals & Care across England and Wales.

Alex is generously supported by the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust.

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