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Will Gibson

Will Gibson (b.1986) is a London-based saxophonist, clarinettist & composer. He began clarinet, piano & writing music at an early age. From 1996-2005 he attended Junior Trinity College of Music in London on Saturdays, where he continued his instrumental lessons & studied composition with Cecilia McDowall. He took up saxophone around the age of 14 after becoming more influenced by jazz & in particular John Coltrane. He also joined the Pendulum Youth Jazz Orchestra, where a large part of the repertoire was by Kenny Wheeler. During this time he was awarded the Chappell Prize for Composition, the Hambourg Prize for Improvisation & won the European Piano Teachers Association Composition Competition.

From 2005-2009 he went to Trinity College of Music where he obtained a BMus (Hons) in performance. Here he studied with Mark Lockheart, Julian Siegel, Michael Whight, Fiona Cross & Andrew Poppy. He became involved in ensembles from both jazz & classical sides, & was awarded the Ronnie Verrell Award for Big Band & the Wilfred Hambleton Clarinet Prize.

Since graduating Will has performed extensively throughout the U.K. & Europe in various bands & projects. In 2012 he was awarded second place in the Worshipful Company of Musicians Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition for his big band piece Solicitudes, which was performed by the Trinity College of Music Big Band in Ronnie Scott’s.

Will has worked & performed alongside Hamish Stuart, Mark Lockheart, Clark Tracey, Julian Siegel, Robin Eubanks, Guy Barker, Laurence Cottle, Paul Booth, Phil Robson, Martin Speake, Nathaniel Facey, Peter King, Zoe Rahman, Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Mark Nightingale, Rob Barron, Gareth Lockrane, Ryan Quigley, Oli Hayhurst & Noel Langley to name a few. He has also performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Jazz Orchestra, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra & the Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra.
Other artists & bands he has played with include Shola Ama, Amanda Palmer, Joe Stilgoe & Stefan Redtenbacher’s Funkestra.

Will has performed his own music on BBC Radio 3, & has appeared with various ensembles on BBC 1, BBC 4, ITV & Channel 4. He also deputises on various shows in London’s West End.

In addition to all saxes & clarinets he also plays flutes & EWI (electronic wind instrument).

‘Will Gibson’s sax solos took the listener on a fascinating journey every time, & [on clarinet] he clearly had the tricky idiom & metres of Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto completely under his fingers.’
Sebastian Scotney – LondonJazz

for more info visit http://www.willgibsonmusic.co.uk