How long have you been working for Musical Futures: I first met Fran in 2017 when working on a music project using the Musical Futures Just Play prgramme with primary school pupils in Leeds. I combine the role as Musical Futures administrator with my playing commitments and teaching and have been working for Musical Futures since August 2017.
What do you do:
I look after all the admin for the training courses and resource sales as well as other general admin.
What is your background: I studied at Leeds College of Music conservatoire specialising in jazz. In 2016, I was a semi-finalist in The BBC Young Jazz Musician of The Year Competition. Originally classically trained until the age of 17 I was awarded scholarship to The Sage Gatesheads’ music school to study jazz, and received tuition from Graeme Wilson, a founding member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Currently, I’m recording and touring with Abstract Orchestra – a conventional Big Band who plays hip hop and has collaborated with singer and rapper Illa J. I also regularly plays with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra as a formal deputy for the band and records with his horn section for various pop sessions and festivals.