Melissa Bradshaw

RNCM appoints Steve Berry as head of jazz and improvisation

9:47, 8th July 2019

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced the appointment of Steve Berry to the role of head of jazz and improvisation.

Berry joined the RNCM in 1990 as a jazz double bass tutor before leading cross-genre improvisation classes for all instruments, which became an integral part of the college’s musicianship course and remains a core element of study. Previously, he was a founding member of the 21-piece jazz orchestra Loose Tubes, with which he has toured and recorded internationally. He has since worked with numerous ensembles including those led by Mike Westbrook and Robert Ziegler’s Matrix Ensemble.

As head of jazz and improvisation, Berry will direct advance awareness and practical opportunities for college-wide improvisation, support the creative development of smaller student-led ensembles and take responsibility for jazz performance including directing and programming the RNCM Big Band.


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