Feb 2015

Just had a little boy break dancing around me whilst I was playing some Jimi Hendrix... Gigs don't get much better than this!


Tickled pink to be greeted by renowned artist Gina Southgate, painter of live music, during two of my gigs in the London Jazz Festival.

Featured here with her incredible painting from my gig with my band the TORI HANDSLEY TRIO at the Vortex.



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Honoured to be mentioned in the recent UK Vibe piece on FREEDOM by Michael Edwards. Featuring interviews with: multi-instrumentalist and initiator of Jazz Warriors International Orphy Robinson, who I had the privilege of meeting whilst I was playing with Nigel Kennedy, and has been a great inspiration to me over the years and great pleasure to still be working alongside; and also curator / publicist Paul Bradshaw (Straight no Chaser).

See the full review:



An indescribable pleasure to play last night alongside some of the UKs top jazz musicians: Rowland Sutherland, Emi Watanabe, Pat Thomas, Orphy Robinson and Ansuman Biswas.

A dream even to play with them, and the icing on the cake was also being invited to bring in one of my new replica watchescompositions 'Remembering Kenny', after the late Kenny Wheeler.

Thanks to Michael Edwards for capturing some of the evenings events:


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'Convolution' - New Composition

Watch acoustic solo performance of 'Convolution,' one of my new composition's for my band - Tori Handsley Trio, via youtube link:


Come along the Vortex on the 17th November where we will be playing for the London Jazz Festival, to hear it live in its full glory with the band!  

BOOK TICKETS http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/tori-handsley-trio/

Composed and performed by Tori Handsley. 

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14th August 2014 - TORI HANDSLEY TRIO @ Spice of Life

Very happy to announce I will be playing with my band TORI HANDSLEY TRIO at the Spice of Life – London – 14th August 2014. One of my favourite haunts to see live music and run by the infamous Paul Pace for over 25 years, also of Ronnie Scotts, and winner of Jazz Parliamentary Award for Services to Jazz 2007.

The evening will also feature the fantastic piano player Mike Guy and his band which should be a treat!

14th August - Spice of Life, 6 Moor Street, Soho, London, W1D 5NA.

Doors 6pm, Music 8pm

TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/284634



TORI HANDSLEY TRIO Announced to be playing for London Jazz Festival 2014

Enormous privilege to have been asked to play with my band for this year's LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL at the Vortex Jazz Club - Venue of the year 2013. One of my favourite venues to see live music and where I've been going to see bands for nearly 10 years! Can't wait!

Book Tickets via the link below:




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7th - 8th July 2014 - ENGINES ORCHESTRA

Recording for Phil Meadow's Engines Orchestra @ Angel Studios London

My home for the next 2 days, after a very early start! Just waiting for the music and for my eyes to open....

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My awesome dad at Love Supreme Jazz Festival for his 70th birthday.

A man of few words but without I wouldn't be into jazz was it not for all the gigs he took me to over the years, including McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarret, Courtney Pine, Branford Marsalis, and all the music he started me listening to when I was knee high to a grass hopper. Got me back into music and jazz too many years ago when I had lost my love for the arts, and realised without I probably wouldn't have met many of the people I have, or played with. I finally start to try to repay the favour.

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John Coltrane's A Love Supreme- Re-envisioned @ Southbank 22nd June

A truly amazing night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and honour to be a part of, featuring some of the most incredible jazz and improv players I've been lucky to encounter, and lovely people and spirits. People who have come to mean a lot to me over the years and represent what I love about jazz and music and what it's all about for me.

Rowland Sutherland's interpretation of John Coltrane's Love Supreme was a serious work of art and tapestry of sounds from beautiful arranged sections, to mental no holes barred free improv! Mind blowing experience!

Featuring: Pat Thomas, Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss, Paul Bradshaw, Neil Charles, Shabaka Hutchings, Nikki Yeoh, Rowland Sutherland, Emi Watanabe, Steve Williamson, Byron Wallen, Rachel Musson, Mark Mondesir....


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Great review from UK Vibe

1st July 2014 - UK Vibe - Michael J Edwards

"Harp player extraordinaire Tori Handsley releases her first musical offering in the form of a self titled four track EP.

"The trio who first performed together at the end of summer 2013 sound like a well oiled and seasoned jazz combo, playing off each other to maximum effect. This is evident from the get go with one listen to the opening track ‘Setting in the Sun’, an impactful and punchy track with a chugging urgency that once it grips you draws you in further.

"The unity, oneness and intuition between the musicians is a joy to behold as they bounce off each other, with Tori’s subtle, teasing harp playing dancing in between the drum and bass. The mystical air of ‘Mistake of Thinking’ is embellished by the gentle and soothing introduction of Chantelle Nandi’s vocal inflections towards the tail end of the tune, which intertwines with the musical notes beautifully.

"With at least three changes of tempo and rhythm throughout, ‘What’s In A Tune’ definitely keeps the listener in the moment. As if giving a musical narrative to the short story of ‘The ‘Tortoise and the Hare,’ the tune races away at one hundred miles an hour, with all guns blazing, before abruptly arresting after two minutes and thirty seconds leaving just the clear, crisp and compelling solitary harp playing of Ms Handsley to slow the BPM down dramatically for the next minute or so. Once again first the bass and then the drum are stealthily reintroduced as the tune builds to another full on high tempo musical attack. The tune continues to undulate throughout; eventually leaving the listener washed up on imaginary seashore completely spent but satisfied.

"Overall the Tori Handsley Trio have served up a very impressive introduction to their sound and musical styling. Be ready to be beguiled by Ms Handsley’s perfectly precise laid-back tones...."

Read more @ http://ukvibe.org/

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Review of Love Supreme Reinvisioned - 22nd June 2014

Lovely review of 'Love Supreme Reinvisioned' at Queen Elizabeth Hall, one of the nicest gigs I've had the pleasure of being a part of recently. Nice bit about the trio with Rowland Sutherland and Emi Watanabe which has just been confirmed I will also be playing with during the LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL at the Servant Jazz Quarters on the 20th November 2014!

"A beautiful rearrangement by Sutherland of the Joe Henderson tune Earth played by the inspirational and eloquent Emi Watanabe on Japanese flute, with Tori Handsley teasing out some gorgeous jazz harmonies on harp and Rowland himself suitably soulful and earthy on alto flute." Sarah Chaplin


22nd June 2014 - 'JOHN COLTRANE'S LOVE SUPREME RE-ENVISIONED' @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Extremely honoured to be playing alongside some incredible musicians on the UK jazz and improvisation scene for the opening set of 'JOHN COLTRANE'S LOVE SUPREME RE-ENVISIONED' as part of the MELTDOWN FESTIVAL.

Tickets available via the following link, although are selling fast!


28TH APRIL - TORI HANDSLEY TRIO @ JAZZ IN THE ROUND, for Live Jazz on Radio 3 with Jez Nelson

TORI HANDSLEY TRIO will be performing for Jazz in The Round on the 28th April, Live Jazz on Radio 3 with Jez Nelson. A beautiful intimate setting, the cockpit theatre, where I have seen many awesome bands play, and we are very honoured to be playing for!

Tickets available via:


For upcoming gigs you can also follow TORI HANDSLEY TRIO @ https://www.facebook.com/ToriHandsleyTrio, or email management@torishands.com to be added to the mailing list.

Photo credits: Nadjib Le Fleurier https://www.facebook.com/nadjiblefleurier.artist

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Listen again - TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - Live on JAZZ FM

Listen again to TORI HANDSLEY TRIO Live on JazzFM with Mike Chadwick, and also on Soulandjazz.com for his 'European Jazz Union' show, apparently showcasing the best Jazz in Europe!



Very excited to announce the next TORI HANDSLEY TRIO gig where we will be headlining at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, on the 8th April.

We will be performing music from our new EP alongside some new material. http://www.torihandsleytrio.com

The night will also feature 2 other bands: PROVINCIALS, and ALISON TEALE, and should be a great eclectic evening of music!

Tickets officially now on sale and advanced booking recommended!


Photos credits: Roger Thomas

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Tori Handsley Trio - Live on JAZZ FM

Just found out my tune 'Settling into the Sun' was played live on JAZZ FM on 'The Cutting Edge with Mike Chadwick: the very best in contemporary jazz covering a variety of styles, it’s an exciting tour of current and upcoming releases in the world of jazz.'

...."in a moment, speaking of great music, is a recommendation from Philip Martindale, who tipped me off to this young lady, who is making some amazing music on the harp, and I will play it for you next on Jazz FM! Fabulous ...torihandsleytrio.com if you want to get hold of that, and I suggest that you do. Definitely one to watch!!"....

Listen here @ JAZZ FM on demand 'The Cutting Edge with Mike Chadwick' at about 40 minutes in!


New CD available from TORI HANDSLEY TRIO

New CD available for purchase, as CD / download


Beautiful card wallet with photography by Benjamin Amure.
Features four original compositions, performed by:

TORI HANDSLEY - Electric Harp

Plus Guest Vocals: Chantelle Nandi

P&C 2014 Tori Handsley
All songs Tori Handsley 2014 (PRS/MCPS)

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TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - Southbank Centre -14th February

TORI HANDSLEY TRIO will be playing alongside Fofoulah at 1pm in the Clore Ballroom.

TORI HANDSLEY TRIO @ The Vortex - 27th January 2014

TORI HANDSLEY TRIO will be playing at the Vortex Jazz Club, 27th Jan 2014 - Live Venue of the Year 2013 Jazz Parliamentary Awards.

Extremely pleased to have been asked to play with my band at one of my favourite jazz venues, and general haunts!

And for those who've seen us before, will be playing some new tunes currently in the mix but will hopefully be ready for airing!....

Details and link for tickets below:



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TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - 22nd August @ Spice of Life Jazz Club London

I'm really excited to have been asked back to play with my Trio at one of my favourite jazz clubs in London, the Spice of Life on Thursday 22nd August.

"Contemporary electric-harp led trio which draws upon jazz, rock, latin and classical influences, creating a tapestry of beats and strings. Resounding riffs, driven by heavy grooves, layered with haunting free flowing passages. Particular influences include: EST, Neil Cowley Trio, Bad Plus, Keith Jarrett, Dorothy Ashby, Nigel Kennedy, Debussy, McCoy Tyner & Mahavishnu Orchestra."

For a taster and more info on the trio see:

Tickets & website:


Photo credits: Liam Taylor

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Extremely flattered to be featured in Jazzwise magazine article 'Who to Look out for':

"Keep an eye out for harpist Tori Handsley whose uncluttered approach delivers a fresh angle to the scene."

Paul Pace, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Spice of Life.

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SOLUS 3 @ 12 BAR - 27th November

Excited to be playing at 12 Bar later this month - one of my favourite rock haunts in London.




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Sunday 27th October - Charlie Wrights International, 45 Pitfield Street, Hoxton, London, N1 6DA.

Sunday 24th November 2013 - A Freedom: London Jazz Festival Special.

Led by Orphy Robinson & Claude Deppa.

House band:

Cleveland Watkiss - vocals
Pat Thomas - Piano
Tori Handsley - Harp
Neil Charles - Bass
Steve Noble - Drums

"When people believe in boundaries, they become part of them." Don Cherry

Drawing by Tori Handsley

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Over the moon to announce Tori Handsley Trio will be playing for Dingwalls renowned club night with Giles Peterson SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER. Gonna be hot mad and wild. 

Tickets on sale 10am Thursday 18th October and will go like hotcakes. Be swift....

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Freeedom @Charlie Wrights Jazz Club

'FREEDOM' - Jazz Warriors International - 28th July 2013

A real privilege to be playing tonight on stage with Jazz Warriors, including Cleveland Watkiss, Pat Thomas, Claude Deppa & Chantelle Nandi - the kind of people I used to dream of playing with, and some beautiful indescribable moments of free improvisation you couldn't write or have planned but just happen...everything I truly love about creativity.

Feeling very lucky for the paths life has led me down and the amazing people I have been lucky to encounter along the way!

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Playing with Solus 3 @ The Vortex Jazz Club, London

31st May - Solus 3 - Vortex Jazz Club London

Really looking forward to playing with Solus 3 and their improvised soundscapes, at one of my favourite jazz venues in London – The Vortex - and Winner of Live Jazz Venue in 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

"Stalking a slinky, unlikely path between improvisation, dub and modern classicism, SOLUS3 are truly a law unto themselves." Uncut April 2013

If you’re around and fancy coming down, should be a great night – I can’t wait!


Photo Credits: © 2013 Neguib Le Fleurier. All Rights Reserved.

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Tori Handsley Trio - 26th May, Thatcham.

Good vibes and lovely trio gig yesterday, with Chris Nickolls and Tim Fairhall. Good to give new tunes first airing too! Thanks guys!


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JAZZ HARP Experience @ The Daffodil - 20th May

Delighted to be asked back to play at the striking Daffodil venue in Cheltenham for one of their featured jazz nights. A thoroughly enjoyable night of upbeat funky jazz, which certainly kept me on my toes too! (at about 7 pedals a second I think at one point!!..) Featuring fantastic line up: Erica Clarke (saxophone), Costa Tankready (electric bass), & Matt Jones (drums).

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TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - 25th April -The Jazz Market, Shoreditch

THE JAZZ MARKET - 25th April 2013, 7.30pm @ The Luxe, Shoreditch, London, E1 6BG.

Contemporary electric-harp led trio which draws upon jazz, rock, latin and classical influences, creating a tapestry of beats and strings. Resounding riffs, driven by heavy grooves, layered with haunting free flowing melodic passages. Particular influences include: EST, Neil Cowley Trio, Bad Plus, Keith Jarret, Dorothy Ashby & The Mahavishnu Orchestra.


Tickets via We Got Tickets-£5 in advance/ £7 on the door. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/216896


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JAZZ HARP Experience - New Website Launch

Very excited to announce the launch of the new website for the jazz harp and saxophone project, in collaboration with the wonderful Erica Clarke:

The JAZZ HARP Experience

Born out of a mutual love for jazz, focusing on upbeat and unusual music, including jazz, pop and soul, to create new sounds and arrangements you might not expect to hear from a conventional harp and saxophone combo!

Tori and Erica have been working and performing in the music industry for the last 10 years with artists including Nigel Kennedy, and Neil Cowley & at venues including Ronnie Scotts, The Vortex Jazz Club, Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle, Tower of London and Montreaux Jazz Festival.

Please see website for further info!...



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Tori Handsley Solo concert - Sunday 21st April – Kings Sutton.

Sunday 21st April, 3pm @ Kings Sutton Church, Oxon, OX17 3RJ.
£8 / £5-concessions.

A memorial concert I am doing for a very special client and man to me, Frank Stephens, who unfortunately recently passed away. This will be a celebration and memorial to him and the support he gave to my music, in his church where he always said he would like me to play. The concert is open to everyone and should be a lovely afternoon. The church put on yum cakes and tea after too!

Photo credits - LUKE PENKETH PHOTOGRAPHY - http://lukepenkethphotography.co.uk/

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....'What's On' ...

Interesting what goes on in the world without you knowing!..(although I did obviously know about the concert!)

My dad just showed my this in the paper and asked if it was me?!... glad to know my dad also knows my name. although I think perhaps might have been his dry sense of humour.

And dammit I’m Miss Handsley if we must be formal!!

Photo credits: Luke Penketh

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Playing with JAZZ WARRIORS - Launch of Cr8

22nd March

Fantastic night of free improv playing with the Jazz Warriors Orphy Robinson and Cleveland Watkiss. Thanks for having me down guys - absolute privilege to be there - had a great time and wicked vibe!

ps - I particularly liked the A natural in bar 562.5

Recording session with KAIROS4TET

7th March: Great day recording with amazing jazz group on the scene and MOBO award winners: Kairos 4tet, Jules Buckley and some fantastic players. Made me play 'football' for a while and may have even persuaded me to do a glissando, or two...!

you can check out their awesome tunes here - loving Russel's Resurgance


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In remembrance of the wonderful Frank Stevens.

I played for Frank & Hazel's Golden Wedding Anniversary many moons ago, and last year I was so pleased to be asked to play again for him, this time his 80th birthday. He and Hazel then came to see me play with my Trio earlier this year, booking tickets immediately after I emailed him only on the off chance he could come.

I’ve played for many people in my life, but Frank was one of those few people you feel really privileged to have met, who really made a big impression on me and how I’d love to aim to live my life. He was such a kind and appreciative lovely man, and his church, where he always said he wanted me to play, was bursting at the seams for his funeral for which I recently played.

My best wishes to Hazel and all his family.

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9th May 2012

Performing for the Natural Forms private view at the Royal College of Art. Pictured here with the legendary artist John Norris Wood.

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After an amazing week of gigs in London and Oxford playing with my trio, despite looking forward to a weeks slight restbite!, I was really chuffed to be asked to go down to play with Alex Steele (piano), and his trio – Matt Jones (drums) and Clive Morton (bass). Beautiful musicians to have the opportunity to play with, and really sensitive, versatile players, which was very much appreciated after a pretty nerve racking few weeks and a five minute soundcheck to boot!

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TORI HANDSLEY TRIO LAUNCH - 26th April - Spice of Life Jazz Club, London

I’m really excited to announce the official launch of my new trio with two incredible, creative musicians, Chris Nickolls (drums), and Richard Sadler (bass).

...Contemporary original harp led trio which draws upon jazz, rock, latin and classical influences, creating a tapestry of beats and strings. Resounding riffs, driven by heavy grooves, layered with haunting free flowing melodic passages. Particular influences include: EST, Neil Cowley Trio, Bad Plus, McCoy Tyner, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy, Keith Jarrett, Debussy.

For a sonic taster, see my soundcloud website:


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New film I’m really excited to have been released for the free improv performance group FEAR I work with at the Royal College of Art, with stunning visuals and beautiful edited sound by Liam Taylor and Len Massey respectively:


Please see my other website, and performance page for more info:


MUSIC INTERACTION at the Bridge Specialist School

November 2010...until hopefully the ever future present!

Wednesday mornings are a real highlight to my week, when I volunteer to work at the Bridge School, for the music interaction session with the PMLD children (profound multiple learning difficulties), an essentially improvised session, using call and response amongst other methods to hopefully instigate vocal responses and communication between us and the children.

It is a truly inspiring, ongoing experience, in particular working alongside the highly versatile musician Mark Hanson, with his incredible ability to relate to, understand and connect with all the different, beautiful, little personalities in this session. Someone I feel highly indebted to for letting me in to this precious session, and creating such an unique environment, which to me however completely encapsulates and embraces the indescribable and powerful nature of music, beyond words, that I really believe in.

Photograph by Julian Peter – a wonderful photographer and insightful individual, who also helps with the sessions. www.julianpeter.co.uk

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I'm extremely excited to announce the new EP from TORI HANDSLEY TRIO, with Harry Pope, Misha Mullov-Abbado & Chantelle Nandi:


Couldn’t be happier with the live energy and vibes captured here.

Particularly check out new composition and Track 1 'Kestrel', which the band have totally run with and I'm loving! Also featuring the wonderful force Chantelle Nandi.

Track 2, 'Mistake of Thinking', (which incidentally is not a general comment on thinking!) in the spirit of its free beginnings, Chantelle now features on, after she happened still to be in the studio when we were recording the track, and I said ‘join in if you like’...and she did, and took it to some other new beautiful places!

Massive thanks again to all those involved for all their time and energy, and to Graham Godfrey for his atmospheric recipe for musical madness. Wouldn't have been the same without you!

If you would like to buy a CD - please email: info@torishands.com

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Recording session with TORI HANDSLEY TRIO - 1st Sept 2013

An indescribable day recording with the Trio - courtesy of Graham Godfrey and his divine vibes – really made the atmosphere, and to the boys, Harry Pope (drums) and Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass) and Chantelle Nandi for their undivided and devoted energy. Some really sensitive moments feeling it out together, coupled with some seriously rocking heavy sections!

Something magic happened today I could not have prescribed and journeys I couldn’t have imagined. Couldn't have asked for more to capture the music and feelings right now.

No further words, but brought some things to life in ways I didn't think possible.

Thank you SO much to all involved

And watch this space for the new EP!...

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Tori Handsley Trio at the Spice of Life...

Awesome gig last night monster thanks to Harry Pope, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Chantelle Nandi for all their energy and amazing creativity. Oh and the guy who held my music whilst the air con was blowing ferociously at the piano.

What a great club to play and big thanks to Paul Pace, Benjamin Amure and the everyone at the Spice and for such a warm crowd that really made the atmosphere. Stella opening set from Bruno Heinen & Ruben Fox.

Photo credits: Nadjib Le Fleurier https://www.facebook.com/nadjiblefleurier.artist

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria - September 2010

Playing with Nigel Kennedy and his killer band including: Orphy Robinson (vibes), Doug Boyle (guitar), Tomasz Grzegorski (sax), Krzysztof Dziedzic (drums), Adam Kowalewski (bass).

This was an experience I will never forget playing with Nigel Kennedy, one of my childhood heros, who I’ve looked up to since a young age for his passion and unwavering dedication to the music, regardless of any conventional dictations of style; breaking boundaries to communicate music to all types of people, and has been a huge inspiration to me.

Performing in the most stunning amphitheatre with the Philharmonic Orchestra; during sound check with music fluttering over the stage (as sudden huge gusts of wind conveniently arrived just as the orchestra did!) it was a real privilege to be part of such a creative concert.

An intense week of rehearsals in the charming, cobbled streets of Plovdiv, culminated in a rollercoaster of a concert, breathing new life into music from one of the jazz legends Duke Ellington.

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Bad Worishofen, Germany – September 2010

I was delighted to be asked back to perform with Nigel and the band, for the final concert of the Ellington / Bach tour in Bad Worishofen, Germany. Another phenomenal, challenging and creative week!

It was amazing again to see the constant drive and energy of Nigel, to motivate every individual and constantly pushing the music. It was incredible also to see the live, dynamic energy as he was accompanied by Cora Lunny for the Bach double, as they dipped and dived through the music, viscously spurring each other on.

Such an honour to play with Nigel and each of the individual musicians and to have the opportunity to take part in such an inspiring, progressive collaboration.

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