Classical Jam

Milton Court Theatre

Classical Jam Classical improvisation from leading practitioners.  Two pianos, many hands, plus trombone and oboe.

David DolanDavid Dolan has devoted an important part of his international career as a concert pianist, researcher and teacher to the revival of the art of classical improvisation.

Professor of Classical Improvisation and its various applications to performance at the Guildhall School, David heads its Centre for Creative Performance & Classical Improvisation, which is promoting interdisciplinary projects. He also teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and since 2011 runs a creative performance programme at the Australian-National-Academy, Melbourne. His series of master-classes and workshops take place world-wide. His Research focuses on the impact of improvisation on creativity, communication and expression in performance.




Karst du jongKarst de Jong studied Piano and Music Theory at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. He specializes in improvisation and the relation between analysis and interpretation. He is professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Den Haag and also at the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya) in Barcelona. He published articles on improvisation and music theory and appeared at numerous conferences and festivals, among them The Piano-Pic festival in the French Pyrenees (2009, 2011) and the Paul Badura-Skoda Music Festival in Vila-seca, Spain (2011, 2013). He released his first CD with solo-piano improvisations. Karst de Jong lives in Barcelona.


bart mooimanThe Dutch pianist, organist, improviser and music theorist Bert Mooiman studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, The Netherlands, where he took his certificates as a solo pianist and organist cum laude. After completing his Music Theory studies in 2003 he started teaching music theory (principal subject), improvisation and piano at the Royal Conservatoire. He performs both on piano (solo, chamber music) and on organ (solo, basso continuo). His work as a researcher and his activities as a performer meet in his lifelong interest in improvisation, which also became the topic of his current PhD research at Leiden University.


simon parkinSimon Parkin was trained as a pianist at the Yehudi Menuhin School and as a composer at the RNCM and Manchester University, from which he has a doctorate in composition He heads the Musicianship department (which integrates aural training with improvisation and practical harmony) at the RNCM, and has taught both improvisation and composition at the Purcell School and the Yehudi Menuhin School. He is active both as a composer and as a duo recitalist.




john kennyTrombonist, composer and actor John Kenny has performed and broadcast in over 50 nations as an interpreter of contemporary classical, jazz and early music. Since 1983 he has collaborated with Munich based TNT Theatre Co, writing and performing in music theatre productions which continually tour worldwide. He is also a founder member of the European Music Archaeology Project, and in 1993 became the first person for 2000 years to play the great Celtic war horn known as the carnyx. John Kenny is a professor at both the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


christopher redgateChristopher Redgate is currently the Evelyn Barbirolli Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and the designer of the Howarth-Redgate system oboe. Since his student days at the Academy he has specialised in the performance of contemporary music and developed significantly several aspects of oboe technique, leading him to a re-evaluation of a number of performance practices. His work in this field has led many composers to write for him. He has recorded many solo CDs, broadcast on Radio Three, and preformed extensively throughout the world. He also gives many masterclasses for oboists and composers and writes extensively for professional magazines and academic books.

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