What our music tutors are up to over the Christmas season

As Christmas season is upon us and the year comes to an end, our tutors continue to work hard! We caught up with some of the music tutors to see what gigs and performances they’ll be doing between now and January, so be sure to check them out if you’re around in London.

mark armstrong

Trumpet player and arranger Mark Armstrong will be playing at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra on 29th and 30th December. He’s the Musical Director of NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) who will also be performing at Ronnie Scott’s on 9th and 10th January. One day later on 11th January, he’ll be playing with the Royal College of Music Big Band and Dutch pianist Peter Beets. Mark is a member of many jazz groups as well as leading his own, has played with many famous big bands, and won the BBC Big Band competition arranging prize.


jimmy cannon

Jimmy Cannon is a singer, composer and saxophonist, has previously performed with Sir Tom Jones, and runs his own swing band The Jazz Cannons who have appeared on The One Show. On 19th December he’ll be performing at The Woodman Highgate, at Mill Hill Jazz Club on 10th January, and at The Archduke on 27th January, all accompanied by various talented musicians.


simon wallace

Composer, arranger and pianist Simon Wallace will be performing at the Oval Tavern with successful jazz musician Gill Manly, followed by a cabaret show on 29th and 30th December at The Pheasantry with vocal group Cantabile for their Full English Brexit show. Simon will also be playing at his annual New Year’s Eve gig at The Vortex with Gill and special guests, and he’ll soon be releasing a Christmas video with Tony DeMeur (you can take a look at last year’s video here). Simon co-wrote music for Absolutely Fabulous, French and Saunders and other popular television shows, as well as having arranged music for Kylie Minogue, Lulu, Boy George and more.


You can read more about our music tutors here – all of them are working industry experts and play regular gigs around London and beyond. We hope you enjoy the Christmas break and we would like to congratulate our students on their hard work this year. Happy holidays!