Harry Evans is a young, versatile trumpeter and bassist in London. He has a first-class degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he is taught by Steve Waterman, Chris Batchelor and Steve Watts. He was awarded the Mick Collins Trumpet Prize by Trinity in 2017. He has performed with NYJO, The Syd Laurence Orchestra, The Alex Mendham Orchestra, The Cable Street Rag Band, Tankus the Henge, The Top Shelf Band, Benoit Viellefon, The Palace Avenue Dance orchestra and the Sam Jewison orchestra, among others.
Harry holds a trumpet chair in The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, performing in places such the Houses of Parliament, Ronnie Scott's, The Spice of Life and the 2015 and 2016 London Jazz Festivals. Furthermore, he was pleased to take part in tours to Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, with a second Italian tour planned for 2017.
He was a member of the prestigious Aldeburgh Young Musicians scheme from 2010-2013. This Unique programme gave him experience of many contrasting styles, and the opportunity to work with leading British musicians like Led Bib, Bellowhead, Sanju Sahai, Kit Downes, Charlotte Bray and many others.
He also attended the National Youth Jazz Collective summer school from 2011-2013, where he learnt from leading UK jazz musicians such as Nikki Illes, Martin Speake and Nic Smart, as well as meeting other talented young jazz musicians, many of whom he still works with to this day. Furthermore, he performed with the NYJC Dectet at King’s place in 2011, the NYJC octet in 2012 at the London jazz festival, and in a crossover project with SAMYO in 2013, culminating in a performance at the Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.
In 2015, Harry was part of an ensemble from Trinity Laban that performed Anna Meredith’s “Connect It”, a piece featuring movement and body percussion, at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. This performance (which was broadcast live on Radio 3 and later shown on BBC television) was described as one of the highlights of the evening and an “ebullient” performance.
In addition to trumpet playing, he is also a busy jazz bassist, playing with the Lewis Borland quartet, the Steve Mulligan quintet and many others. Furthermore, he has extensive experience as educator, working at the Uppingham Summer School and multiple workshops with NYJO and at Trinity Laban, as well as teaching privately.