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Carol Jarvis

Carol Jarvis is a much in-demand session musician in the UK and a multi-award-winning trombonist, keyboard player, arranger, orchestrator and voiceover artist. She has toured, recorded and worked extensively with the likes of Sting, Queen, Seal, Rod Stewart, Amy Winehouse, Bon Jovi, Ellie Goulding and appeared on many renowned television programs with stars such as MUSE, Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé, Taylor Swift and so many more. Carol is often invited to play with internationally renowned ensembles and some of the world’s top orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, all of the BBC Orchestras, and she can also frequently be  found performing in London’s West End shows.

A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, she gained the highest qualifications possible and many awards including major scholarships in the UK and USA, and won the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition with the chamber ensemble that she founded.

She has appeared as Guest Principal with most major UK ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Welsh, BBC Scottish, BBC Concert Orchestra, CBSO, Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, RSNO, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, RTÉ National Symphony, the Orchestra of Opera North and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Carol’s session work is a major part of her career, and she features on numerous commercial soundtracks for feature films, documentaries, advertisements, jingles, albums and singles. Carol has also contributed to a myriad of commercial pop tracks and as such her work has appeared at the top of the UK charts several times.

Carol has been a trombone professor at two of the UK’s major music conservatoires for over sixteen years and has been invited to give masterclasses throughout the world, including at the Juilliard School in New York, Lucerne Conservatoire in Switzerland, University of California in Los Angeles, Rice University in Houston, Mexico City University, Lima Conservatoire in Peru and at the Jazz Institute in Graz, Austria. She quite often serves as an outside assessor at UK Conservatoires and abroad, and on international juries for trombone competitions around the globe. Carol is a former President of the British Trombone Society, was appointed President of the International Trombone Festival in 2017 and will become the first female President of the International Trombone Association in 2023.

As well as performing and teaching, Carol has written orchestral arrangements for a whole host of different artists and genres. Most notably for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Grammy award-winning stars such as Corinne Bailey Rae and multi-Platinum-selling pop star Seal. Her orchestrations have been featured on Mercury Prize nominated albums, been at the top of the UK and US Billboard Charts, been recorded at the famous Capitol Studios in Hollywood and also played during the Academy Awards ceremony.

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