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Big Band Masterclass: Mark Armstrong

10/06/2019 @ 12:45 pm - 3:45 pm

We are delighted to have Mark Armstrong join Durham University Big Band for another year to give a masterclass which is free and open to the public! Mark is the Artistic Director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music. He is an Oxford Alumnus, having read Music at Jesus College (1994-1997) before continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Mark has had a wide-ranging career as a jazz, commercial and classical trumpeter. His main focus is as a jazz soloist.


As a member of the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra he performs regularly at the club and has had a continuing collaboration with UK drummer Clark Tracey, first appearing in Clark’s quintet and then in a variety of other projects with Clark and his father Stan (often described as the “Godfather of British Jazz”). As Artistic Director of NYJO he directs the orchestra in its busy performance schedule and oversees its educational activities in London and around the country. His role at the RCM includes delivering academic and practical lectures and one-to-one teaching on jazz as part of the degree programme.


Durham University Big Band is a fully-auditioned, student-run eighteen-piece big band who take pride in reinventing what’s musically possible in the big band idiom. The band often perform at internationally renowned jazz clubs including The Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club in Manchester, and many others across the country and have released recordings for the last five years. Mark will be workshopping repertoire that the band is focusing on for its upcoming EP recording!

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Time: 12.45pm
Ticket Prices: This is a free, non ticketed event
Accessibility: Please get in touch to confirm arrangements



12:45 pm - 3:45 pm
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Music Department
Palace Green
Durham, DH1 3RL