Amy Roberts & Richard Exall
Amy, from near Penzance, is a multi award-winning flautist, clarinettist and saxophonist now based in Northamptonshire. Voted winner of the Miscellaneous Category in the 2015 British Jazz Awards, and the Rising Star Category in the British Jazz Awards in both 2009 and 2011, Amy has earned an enviable reputation throughout not only the UK but also abroad. She has worked in prestigious venues and festivals all over the UK and across Europe and has become known on the jazz circuit as a charismatic performer. In 2011 she became the first woman in history to join the Big Chris Barber Band and spent four years touring with them throughout some of the most prestigious venues in Europe. Amy currently leads several bands which feature some of the most exciting musicians on the jazz scene. She also regularly makes guest appearances with other highly acclaimed ensembles and internationally celebrated orchestras.
Richard studied clarinet at the Royal College of Music, and is self taught on saxophone. He formed his own quartet and big band while still at college and quickly became a familiar figure on the London jazz scene, playing with a wide range of artists from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to the Ink Spots. Richard has worked with many of the established big bands such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK), the Ross Mitchell Band, the London Swing Orchestra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra (UK). In the late 1990s Richard became a more regular name in the vintage jazz fraternity playing regularly with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Harry Strutter's Hot Rhythm Orchestra and the Charleston Chasers. Richard became a regular member of the Big Chris Barber Band in 2004, leaving at the end of 2014 to focus on his own career.