Tim Smart

England. Trombone

Tim trained at the Royal Academy of Music. As well as playing with the Grand Union Orchestra since 2001 his musical career has been diverse. He has a large portfolio of session work under his belt, with bands such as Toploader, The Go! Team and jazz ensemble the Robin Jones Latin Jazz 6tet. Tim’s extensive Big Band work includes the Tom Richards Jazz Orchestra, the James O’Carroll Big Band, the Jimmy Cannon Big Band, the Young Guns Big Band, the State 51 Swing Orchestra and Opus One Big Band. Tim’s classical experience includes the London Concert Orchestra, Emerald Ensemble, Magdala Opera, and the Avenue A Ensemble. His television appearances include Top of the Pops and the Des and Mel show. Tim is also the musical director for Robin Jones’ twelve-piece powerhouse salsa band, ‘King Salsa’. Tim’s arrangements and compositions have been recorded by the Wallace Collection, Cathy Davey (for Parlophone Records), the dance project H&H, and for a variety of projects for TruMethod Recordings. He specialises in commercial horn section writing, and also arranges for brass quintet and dectet, and works as a copyist. He also holds an MA in Music Education from the Institute of Education, University of London, and in addition to his busy playing career is currently engaged in research towards a PhD in musical development and is working on a new integrated musicianship course.

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Our fourth annual Summer School runs from July 31st to August 3rd, Goldsmiths College, South London.

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GUO tracks are now available online...

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Full-length DVD of Undream'd Shores

A DVD of the acclaimed Hackney Empire production is now available from the GUO online shop.

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