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Flautist, Clarinettist and Saxophonist Amy is a multi-award-winning musician based in Northamptonshire, UK.
Over the past 10 years, Amy has been regularly placed in the in the annual British Jazz Awards, winning the Rising Star Category in both 2009 and 2011, then topping the Miscellaneous category for her flute playing in 2015.
Amy has earned an enviable reputation throughout the UK and Europe as a charismatic performer, and has had the privilege to tour with some of the worlds best musicians.
After growing up in South-West Cornwall, Amy moved to Manchester to study classical saxophone with Rob Buckland at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music. In July 2011 she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. During her college life Amy was featured with the RNCM Big Band performing the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto, was awarded the Martyn Edwards Bursary (a scholarship for outstanding jazz performance) and was selected as the only woodwind student to perform in the finals of the RNCM Gold Medal Competition - the highest level competition at the college.
During Amy’s final year at the RNCM she was head hunted by internationally acclaimed trombonist Chris Barber to join his band, and in doing so became the first female musician in the history of the band. With the Big Chris Barber Band she toured throughout Europe for almost 4 years before moving on at the end of 2014 to focus on her own projects. Some highlights include a 3 day stint at Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland as the support act for Van Morrison and his band, playing on live TV in Germany and getting to perform in some of the most stunning concert halls in Europe.
As a freelance musician Amy’s performances have included concerts and tours with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, The Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band, London Swing Orchestra, Pete Long's Echoes of Ellington, Keith Nichols Blue Devils Orchestra, Sticky Wicket Orchestra, The New Squadronaires, Memphis Belle Orchestra and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra. In the theatre Amy has played for Magic of Motown, Guys and Dolls, and several Frank Sinatra Tributes.
In 2016 Amy was handpicked to play flute as part of Grammy Award Winner Terence Blanchard’s band “The Inner City Ensemble” as part of their UK tour. In the same year she was part of a special band put together to support the incredible talent Alex Vargas, an R&B Soul singer from Los Angeles, USA during his trip to the UK.
Amy has played at top UK venues including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, the 100 Club, Royal Festival Hall, Fairfield Halls, Bridgewater Hall and St David’s Hall. Festival appearances include Gothenburg Jazz Festival, Hallevik Jazz Festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival, Ebeltoft Jazz Festival, Dresden Dixieland Festival, Silkeborg Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Cambridge International Jazz Festival, Swanage Jazz Festival, Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival, Pershore Jazz Festival, Twinwoods Festival, Bude Jazz Festival, Upton Upon Severn Jazz Festival, Bristol Jazz Festival, Ayr Jazz Festival, Abresoch Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival (Isle of White), Teignmouth Festival, as well as at classical music festivals such as Lake District Summer Music Festival, The Three Choirs Festival and Oundle Music Festival.
With the Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band Amy has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, in Antwerp, Flakey, and at the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland . She was also selected by American banjoist Cynthia Sayer to be part of her International All-Star Band “The Women of the World” during their Scandinavian tour in 2017.
In September 2017, the Amy /John Hallam Band were voted "Band of the Year" by Rochdale Jazz Society, a title previously won with the Amy /Richard Exall Quintet in 2014.
Amy has performed with Issie Barrett's all female Contemporary Jazz Dectet “Interchange” for performances at the London Jazz Festival and the Cambridge International Jazz Festival.
During 2018 Amy was part of the Rosenau Sinfonia during a tour to Southern Spain. They performed the "Hollywood to Broadway" show for a big charity event in Sotogrande.
Amy was honoured to be featured and used as a 'cover girl' for a Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine after being interviewed by upcoming writer and musician William Upton. She has been a featured artist in JazzWise, PhoneBox, Lady, Just Jazz Magazines and various newspapers, as well as taking part in interviews on several regional BBC radio stations, PlayjazzUK, Harrow Radio and RadioNeneValley. Amy has also given talks for various U3A groups on life as a touring musician.
The latest project for Amy is a solo flute album which is due for release in 2019!
She has been part of the Best Of Young Jazz Project in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, as a mentor for young people in the Worcestershire area. During the scheme Amy has worked alongside phenomenal bass player and educator Steve Berry, to inspire and teach the students taking part in the BoYJ academy. She has also been involved in educating young saxophonists in Anglesey during their Summer Residential Course in 2011 and 2012.
Making music fun is what is really important, with a keen emphasis on playing by ear as well as from music. Students are encouraged to perform in a groups/ensembles between lessons to learn to art of teamwork, and to enjoy the social aspect of playing with others.
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- Royal Northern College of Music (2011) - BMus Hons (first class) (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- ABRSM (2004) - Grade 8 Classical Flute (College) (✘ Not On File)
- GSMD (2004) - Grade 8 Jazz Saxophone (College) (✘ Not On File)
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