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MUSICIANS - WOODWIND, BRASS & PERCUSSION

Jack Fawcett

jack.jpgJack started playing percussion at the age of 15 after being awarded a place at Aberdeen City Music School. During this time he performed in the National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain and Scotland. At 17, Jack was awarded a scholarship from the Dewar Awards to Study at the Royal College of Music in London where he won the Wolfson Instrument Foundation Award. Jack has since worked with a wide range of artists and productions including, Disney’s the Lion King Musical UK/Switzerland Tour, Deep Purple, Four time Grammy award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The London Philharmonia Orchestra and The London Contemporary Orchestra.

 

As a session musician Jack has worked on recordings at Abbey Road Studios with Alice Cooper, The Australian Pink Floyd and Rick Wakeman. Some of Jack's highlights include being selected for the 2011 Lexus TV commercial with Kylie Minogue, performing at the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final and on BBC Radio 2 for the Chris Evans Show.

 

Lizy Stirrat

Lizy.jpgLizy has been the appointed Brass tutor at the Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland based in the Musical Theatre Department since 2014. In addition to this she works with Musicworks at the RCS Saturday morning centres and freelances around the UK and internationally on both trumpet and accordion.

 

Lizy has worked in Opera, Contemporary performance practice, Musical Theatre, Cabaret and most interestingly the Imperial Show Circus in France and continues to remain open minded and eclectic in her style of teaching and performance.

 

Kayleigh Sharp

Kayleigh.jpgKayleigh graduated in 2012 and has invested most of her time since in woodwind instrumental teaching. She has worked for many local boroughs in and around London delivering woodwind lessons before moving back to Glasgow to work with Big Noise. She also spent 3 years delivering the 'wider opportunities' programme which offers instrumental lessons to all in a full classroom setting.


As a freelance musician, Kayleigh enjoys all genres of music. She has played for many musical theatre productions, performed with the 'Electric Pop Orchestra' and even got to run off and join a circus in France with colleague Lizy when working for 'Imperial Shows'.

 

James Chong

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James is an Australian percussionist who moved to Scotland in 2017. James started percussion at 16, after being a guitarist from age 8. A year into percussion, he was awarded the shield for most outstanding instrumental solo across all Catholic Schools in Western Australia. At 20, James successfully auditioned for the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist. That year, he also met and performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Perth, Australia.


James regularly performs with touring musicals including A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, Singin’ in the Rain and Aladdin. In 2013, he co-founded the City of Perth ThunderCorps Drumline, where he was the drumline director until 2017.
James has had the pleasure of working with a number of international artists including Mark Gasser, Ben Folds, Lior, Gurrumul, James Morrison, The Whitlams, as well as Japanese marimbist, Kuniko Kato. He has also enjoyed working under the baton of Simone Young, Asher Fisch, Vladimir Verbitsky, Nigel Westlake and many others. 


James is passionate about teaching and encouraging young people with their musical journeys and is excited to be part of the Big Noise team at Govanhill.

Chris McShane

Chris is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he won all of the major apprenticeship schemes and was awarded the EMI scholarship. As a freelance bassoonist he has performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the orchestra of Scottish Opera. A highlight of his time at the conservatoire was a tour to India with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of their mentoring scheme.

 

As a chamber musician, Chris performs regularly and gives workshops throughout Scotland with his wind quintet Athenaeum Winds. They were awarded the Enterprise Music Scotland artist residency scheme from 2012 to 2014.

 

Chris is very much looking forward to being part of the Sistema Scotland team at Govanhill.

 

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