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Noel Langley

Noel Langley has been working as a freelance trumpet player based in London since 1986. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he studied trumpet with Bernard brown, Maurice Murphy, Ray Simmons, Philip Jones, and Ian Carr. Noel was introduced to the teachings of Carmine Caruso by trombonist, Cliff Hardie in 1984 at the Wavendon Summer School, which proved to be a turning point in his playing career. Noel played Lead Trumpet with the award winning Guildhall Jazz band for four years and held the lead trumpet chair with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra for three years.

In 1986 Noel was offered a scholarship to attend the Tanglewood summer school by Leonard Bernstein after playing first trumpet on the composer's Mass and Prelude Fugues and Riffs during a two week long project at the Barbican. After graduating he continued his studies, traveling to the USA on several occasions to study with Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Jerome Callet and Uan Rasey.

Today Noel is widely regarded as amongst the finest trumpet players in Europe. As a lead trumpet player he specialises in contemporary British jazz. He came to prominence as an associate member of Loose Tubes and has since gone on to play lead trumpet with every major British big band of the last 20 years, including those fronted by Mike Westbrook, Stan Tracey, Tim Garland, Julian Joseph, Stan Sulzmann and Gwilym Simcock. Noel has also been a member of John Dankworth's band since 1988.

In 1991 he founded the London Jazz Orchestra, based on the model of New York's Monday night bands, which has recorded three albums and toured Europe with Billy Cobham. Noel was lead trumpet with Andrew Hill's critically acclaimed Anglo American Big Band and on their final tour acted as musical director. Most recently he was delighted to join Harry Connick Junior's American band on a European tour, playing 2nd trumpet to the great Roger Ingram. Noel has been very active in London's West End, having performed in over 50 musicals including Into The Woods, Carmen Jones, Sunset Boulevard and The Producers.

He has also played as guest principal trumpet or soloist with all of the major symphony orchestras in London including the LSO, RPO and the London Sinfonietta. Spring 2008 saw the world premier performance of Dominic Murcott's 'The Hangman Frames' a new interactive multimedia work for trumpet and computer. Noel has been Professor of Trumpet at the GSMD since 1990 and also teaches students from the Royal Academy of Music and privately from home.


The Graham Fitkin Ensemble are: Simon Haram - soprano/alto saxes +ewi | Nick Moss -sop/alto/tenor saxes + bass clarinet | Noel Langley - trumpets, flugel horn | Adrian Spillett - percussion, vibraphone, drums | Joby Burgess - percussion, marimba, drums | Graham Fitkin - piano | Alan Thomas - guitars, mandolin | Ruth Wall - wire strung, bray and lever harps | John Lunn - bass

events in 2010 with Noel Langley
  Date Day Time Location Event Details
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21Thu 7.30 pmAberdeenGraham Fitkin Ensemble