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Emma-Jean Thackray is an award winning composer and trumpeter, having recently received awards from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Daryl Runswick Composition Prize and several awards for scholarship. Ensembles have performed her work across the UK, with notable performances at the QEH South Bank Centre and the London Ear Festival.
She has studied at several conservatoires around the UK specialising in jazz performance and composition, receiving tuition from internationally acclaimed jazz musicians and composers at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Emma-Jean has led the brass sections of numerous renowned ensembles across England and Wales, directed her own devised outfits and written works for groups ranging from small combos to jazz orchestra. She is currently writing for her own jazz orchestra and septet, undertaking work as a freelance music copyist and exploring workshop projects and leadership techniques, notably as an Ambassador for the National Youth Jazz Collective.
"I have known Emma both as a trumpet player and a composer and have been very impressed with her creativity."
- Steve Waterman
"Emma-Jean Thackray is a fascinating young composer prepared to mess with the mood of Mingus, the ‘klang’ of contemporary non-classical, the grace of Judy Garland and the pip-pop-shudder and stutter of hip hop. I’m looking forward to what happens next."
- Andrew Poppy