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Andy Tweed

Andy studied clarinet and saxophone at Birmingham Conservatoire . He joined Saxtet while still at music college and during the next 20 years it became one the UK’s leading saxophone groups, toured the USA and Europe with visits to India, Borneo, Singapore, New Zealand, Jamaica and Hawaii. The group regularly appeared on national TV and Radio.  He sounds at home on all the saxophone family, the clarinet and bass clarinet.  more>>>

Alison Rayner

Bass player and composer Alison Rayner has been playing jazz and other styles of music since the mid-70s. In the 80s she spent five years with the critically acclaimed jazz/Latin group the Guest Stars, touring all the major international jazz venues and festivals, also recording three albums with them.  She currently leads ARQ, more>>>

Iain Ballamy

ECM recording artist Iain Ballamy is an internationally recognised saxophonist and composer who has been variously described as urbane, original, freethinking and uncompromising.  Listed in the BBC’s publication ‘100 Jazz Greats’ between Count Basie and Chet Baker, Ballamy’s work is contemporary with both strong jazz and classical references and yet un-encumbered by formality and tradition. more>>>

Jim Blomfield

Starting classical piano lessons from a young age, Jim always had an ability to improvise and compose his own tunes. The partnership of improvisation allied to classical technique came to fruition when Jim took a music degree at Dartington College of Arts more >>>


These were the 2017 tutors