Jack Smith BMus (Hons) MMus ATCL

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Welcome to jdsmusic.co.uk, the website for Jack Smith.  I am a musician (conductor, trombonist, teacher and more) based in South London, with diverse connections across the UK. 

Of course these pages are designed to drum up business under any of the headings you see on the left; however I hope they will also shed a more personal light on the various things I do, besides merely touting for gigs (though if you would simply like to offer me some work, that's fine too). 

I hope you will enjoy browsing this site; please feel free to contact me via email with any feedback or enquiries.  For more updates, links, photographs and general silliness, you are most welcome to follow me on Twitter.

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Overview


Jack Smith was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1984, and grew up in nearby Stroud.  In 2002 he won a full scholarship to Trinity College of Music, where he studied trombone with Roger Harvey and piano with Raymond Banning.  At this time he also began to develop his conducting career, having started out by deputising for local amateur orchestras.  Jack was awarded the college conducting prize in 2006, and graduated with first class honours in 2007.  He then went on to specialise in conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, studying with David Jones and Adrian Partington, and in 2009 became the first conducting student of the college to graduate with an MMus degree.


Since returning to London in 2010 Jack has been in ever-growing demand both as a conductor and instrumentalist, becoming involved in a wide range of exciting projects. He has conducted a variety of orchestras, bands and choirs whilst also maintaining a busy performing schedule on both modern and period instruments. Such a broad range of work continues to establish Jack as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. 


Through his work as a conductor, instrumentalist and chorister, Jack has performed at a wide variety of historic and iconic venues including the Royal Albert Hall, St. David's Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall, St. John's Smith Square, the Sheldonian Theatre, Wales Milennium Centre, Cheltenham Town Hall, Ely Cathedral, and the Theatre des Champs-Elysees.  Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, Cheltenham International Festival, Festival Emilia-Romana (Italy), Festival Ljubljana (Slovenia), Dartington International Festival, Ashover Festival and Festival de Saint-Denis (Paris).


Whilst music plays a huge part in Jack's life, he also enjoys quiet, sensible things such as walking, photography, literature, cooking, and cycling.

 

Highlights

Forthcoming engagements - follow links for full details:

Saturday 28 February - Performing on trombone for Enfield Choral Society in a concert featuring Mozart's Requiem. 7.30pm at St. Stephen's Bush Hill Park, London Road EN1 2ET

Sunday 1 March - Conducting Epsom & Ewell Silver Band in the Open Section of the Oxfordshire & District Brass Band Association Winter Contest, held at Marlborough School, Woodstock OX20 1LP

Sunday 22 March - Conducting Epsom & Ewell Silver Band in Section 1 of the London & Southern Counties Regional Championships, held at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, SG1 1LZ

Saturday 4 July - Conducting the Mid-Somerset Orchestra in their annual "Proms" concert, featuring music by Delius, Elgar, Gershwin, Vaughan Williams and others. 7.30pm at the Strode Theatre, Street, BA16 0AB

Recently:

December - Conducting Epsom & Ewell Silver Band in their Christmas concert, featuring music from and inspired by countries from around the world

November - Conducting Horsham Borough Band in 'Brass at the Movies', a joint concert with Mole Valley Silver Band, hosted by BBC Radio 3's Ian Skelly. Performances on trombone with Lambeth Wind Orchestra, and at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, in a concert to mark its 350th anniversary

September - Conducting Epsom & Ewell Silver Band in a joint concert with local choirs at Epsom Racecourse; "Epsom in Harmony", and at the Southern Counties Amateur Band Association Autumn Contest, winning the Conductor's Prize in Section 1

July - Performances on trombone with Sinfonia di Chiesa for Sussex Festival Choir, Forest Philharmonic, Orchestra of the City and East London Brass
 
June - Performances on trombone with
Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra and Kensington Chamber Orchestra, and on bass trombone with Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra

May - Directing University College London Chamber Music Society in a concert featuring choral and solo settings of texts by William Shakespeare


 

 

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