NYJC Summer School year(s): Short course 2012, Summer schools 2013,14,15,16
2016 – BBC Young Musician Jazz Award
2018 – British jazz Awards ‘Rising Star’
Alexandra Ridout was crowned the winner of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016 aged 17 and was noted in ‘The shape of jazz to come: who to look out for in 2018’ in Jazzwise magazine “Trumpeter Alexandra Ridout was an outstanding winner of the BBC young musician jazz award of 2016 and just keeps on growing as an artist.”
In November 2018 Alexandra won The British Jazz Awards ‘Rising Star’ category. In October 2019 Alexandra was named as one of ‘ London’s Most Influential People 2019 – 25 future faces 25 and under’. In 2016 she was the featured soloist on a BBC live recording of Kenny Wheeler’s ‘Sweet sister Suite’ which was broadcast throughout Europe including Radio 3’s Jazz Now. She performed twice in the 2018 Proms –as a featured guest for ‘40 years of The BBC Young Musician’ and with NYJO.
Alexandra joined Clark Tracey’s ‘Tribute to Stan Tracey’s Hexad’ during 2017 and from early 2018 became a member of Clarks latest Quintet who regularly perform all over the country promoting their recent album ‘No Doubt’.
Alexandra is a past member of NYJO and plays with many bands including family band ‘The Ridouts’, Tom Ridout’s ‘No Excuses’Band (features on the album ‘No Excuses’), The Capitol Orchestra, Mathew Herbert Brexit Big Band, Clare Teal’s mini Big Band, Guy Barkers Big Band Christmas show at the Royal Albert Hall, Yazz Ahmed’s Polyhymnia and The Calum Gourlay Big band.
She fronts her own extraordinarily talented young band,The Alexandra Ridout Quintet.
I had a great time on all the summer schools that I did. I met young musicians there, many of whom I still play with and are close friends with now. It really was a fantastic foundation and way into jazz, with tuition that has had a lasting affect on me as a musician. Memories from the summer school have been lasting, especially playing and learning for hours on end with friends and teachers, and being exposed and introduced to new concepts and repertoire, of which is still very relevant to me now and will continue to be”.