The Northern Composers’ Collective (NCC) is a new six-piece group, formed in 2017, with the ambition of creating new music. All of the players are encouraged to compose for the group and the aim is to put together an eclectic set of jazz, funk, latin, folk, world and contemporary music, with the one unifying element being that of improvisation. The band has the added advantage of several multi-instrumentalists, providing flexible instrumentation and the opportunity to explore different musical genres.
The current line-up (along with their performance history) consists of:
Simon Wood – Guitar / Keys / Voice / Accordion / Tuba
Founder of Hade Edge Academy of Music / Director of Hope Bank Works Creative Community Hub / Founder of Hanson Community Arts / Leader of The James Alexander Set
Guest Conductor of Bergen Brass Band & bands across the North of England / Conductor in the TV series YORKSHIRE BRASS
Commissions include music for The National Children’s Orchestra / Bergen Brass Band and over 1000 arrangements for Choirs, Jazz Ensembles, Brass and Wind Bands.
Peter Birkby – Vibes / Percussion
Dame Shirley Bassey / Elvis “The Concert” / Andrea Bocelli / Michael Ball / Michael Crawford / Vic D’Amone / Joe Longthorne / Moody Blues / BBC Philharmonic / Opera North / British Philharmonic / Max Jaffa / SK2 Big Band
Recording work includes MTV / Stars In Their Eyes / Parkinson / James The Cat / Matthew Herbert / BBC Radio 2
Commissions include Pioneers the Musical (Rotherham Music Service) / Four Suites for Orchestra & Rhythm Section (Wakefield College Music Department) / Percussion Suites (The Garnock Academy) / Wind Band Suite (Rotherham Music Service) / Percussion Ensembles (Percussion Unlimited)
Dave Tyas – Drums / Percussion
Al Grey / Jimmy Witherspoon / Eddie Lockjaw Davies / Bobby Shew / James Moody / Thad Jones / Harry Sweets Edison / Dick Morrissey / Ronnie Scott / Peter King / Martin Shaw / Dave O’Higgins / Harry Beckett / Mark Nightingale / Dennis Rollins
Jez Platt – Bass / Keys / Guitar
Jazz Soul Moment / Illum Sphere / Ben Crosland / Adrian Ingram / Mark Chandler / Frank Felix / Snake Davis / Jeff Kashiwa / Daniel Pearson / Jim Mullen / Harry Beckett / Dennis Rollins / North Stars Steel Orchestra
Chris Fidler – Trombone
West End productions – Me and My Girl / Grease / Five Guys Named Moe / Fame / Jolson / City of Angels. Tours with Wet Wet Wet / Style Council / Jamiroquai / The Drifters / The Supremes / Per Musica Orchestra (with Luciano Pavarotti and Lesley Garret). Operettenhaus (Cats / Fosse) / NDR Big Band / NDR Philharmonic / RIAS Big Band / Bert Kämpfert Orchestra / Jazzhaus Hamburg / Cubanisimo / Bob Mintzer / Maria Schneider
Dorian Kelly – Trumpet / Flugel
Frank Sinatra / Shirley Bassey / The Temptations / The Drifters / Neil Diamond / Jamie Cullum / Pendulum Jazz Orchestra (including appearances with guest soloists Kenny Wheeler / Gerard Prescencer / Nikki Illes / Clark Tracey / Stan Sulzman / Ben Castle / Steve Waterman / Simon Allen.
Composed and recorded the music for over thirty short films, documentaries and animations and has produced over 250 production tracks, resulting in usage in the UK / USA / Canada / Norway / Portugal / Czech Republic / Finland / New Zealand / Singapore / Sky 1 / Sky 2 / Discovery Channel / Lion TV / Living TV / BBC Radio 2 / BBC 1Xtra
We are also have some fabulous dep musicians that join us from time to time, including Matt Delaney (Drums / Percussion / Keys), Noah Wood (Bass) and Ben Crosland (Bass).
To test-drive the first batch of compositions NCC have performed a couple of gigs in 2017. The first was at the Hope Bank Community Arts Centre and the second was at a fringe venue of the Marsden Jazz Festival.
In January 2018 we made some rehearsal recordings (just with a basic stereo recorder
in the middle of the room, so apologies for the rather basic sound quality!):
Situation Vacant – by Dorian Kelly
Six of One – by Peter Birkby
Jango – by Dorian Kelly