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 south of 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, 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:

Thursday 22 May - Directing University College London Chamber Music Society in a lunchtime concert featuring choral and solo settings of texts by William Shakespeare. Free admission - 1.00pm in the Haldane Room, UCL Bloomsbury Campus, Gower Street WC1E 6BT (Underground: Euston Square/Warren Street)

Thursday 22 May - Performing on trombone with Orchestra of the City in a concert featuring music by Berlioz ('Roi Lear' overture) and Brahms (Symphony No. 2). 7.30pm at St. James's Church, Piccadilly W1J 9LL (Underground: Green Park/Piccadilly Circus)

Saturday 7 June - Performing on bass trombone with Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra in a concert featuring music by Brahms, Finzi, Vaughan Williams and Weber. 7.30pm at St. Peter's Church, Kensington Park Road W11 2PN (Underground: Notting Hill Gate)

Saturday 14 June - Performing on trombone with Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra & Choral Society in a programme of operatic highlights. 7.30pm at Bedford Corn Exchange 

Recently:

April - Performances on trombone with Orchestra of the City, and on bass trombone with
Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra

March - Performances on trombone with Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra and St. Paul's Sinfonia. Conducting Epsom & Ewell Silver Band at the London & Southern Counties
Regional Championships, earning 4th place and promotion to Section 1 from 2015

February - Performing on bass trombone with Orchestra of the City in performances of music by Delius, Elgar and Mahler

January - Conducting Southend Philharmonic Orchestra in a day of rehearsals on George Gerswhin's "An American in Paris" and Richard Rogers' "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue"

December - Directing University College London Chamber Music Society in their Christmas concert, featuring the world premiere performance of Roger Beeson's 'Welcome All Wonders' and the rarely-heard cantata BWV 142 "Uns ist ein Kind geboren" (attributed to Johann Kuhnau)

November - Performing on bass trombone with Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, and on trombone with Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra


 

 

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