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Issie Barratt is an internationally active composer, arranger, conductor, baritone player, record producer and educator who has performed at a majority of leading venues in Northern Europe, south east India, central America and the east coast of Canada. She has been awarded many commissions from ensembles that include the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Bohuslän Big Band (Sweden), Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Voice of the North, Conservatoires UK Big Band and National Youth Choir of Great Britain, with her music often featuring international acclaimed soloists, frequently sharing the billing with fellow record label composers, Mike Gibbs and John Warren.

Issie’s music has been featured in many festivals and conferences, including the Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s 2001 Rising Star series, the Leeds International Jazz Conferences 2002-2007, the International Association of Jazz Educators conference 2008 in Toronto, Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010, Montreux Jazz Festival 2010 and the International Real-time Music Symposium 2011 in Oslo and recorded by the Delta Sax Quartet (“Dedicated to you but you weren’t listening”), Bohuslän Big Band (“Letter to Billie”) and Vortex Foundation Big Band (“Charybdis”) as well as her own 21-piece jazz orchestra (”Astral Pleasures”) and contemporary quartet (”The Meinrad Iten Suite”) both recorded on her own record label (established in 2008). In 2011 Issie was nominated for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists

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“A great, great composer, who writes beautiful, beautiful music” (Julian Joseph Jazz Pianist and BBC presenter)

“Her amazing breadth of skills are just what the music world needs” (Mike Gibbs: Composer and arranger)

“Exciting and beautiful music: written with great knowledge and depth” (Anders Bergcrantz)

“Distinctive and memorable” (Leicester Mercury)

“Issie’s conducting gives the music a whole new lease of life and meaning.” (Göran Levin Manager of the Bohuslän Big Band)

“The eccentric element came from Issie Barratt” (John Fordham, The Guardian)

“… often providing a welcome Mingus-like mayhem” (James Griffiths, The Guardian)

“Combines the warmth of an embrace with the full zest of a lemon!” (Issie Barratt)

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Ex Head of Jazz at Trinity College of Music, London: Currently Jazz Fellow at Trinity College of Music, London, Composition professor for one to one students at Trinity, Leeds College of Music, Royal Academy of Music. Chief Executive of the National Youth Jazz Collective.

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Large ensemble skills: As performer, musical director and composer.



Album Donna's Secret by Issie Barratt

Donna's Secret

Fuzzy Moon Records

Album Astral Pleasures by Issie Barratt

Astral Pleasures

Fuzzy Moon Records




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