Chris Noble is an emerging composer and jazz arranger, known for his work with contemporary composers’ collaborative Platform 4 and Straight 8s big band
Graduating with a PhD (Sheffield University) in 2009, Chris lists a number of diverse influences upon his work including jazz pianists Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans, alongside contemporary composers such as Marc-Anthony Turnage and Richard Rodney Bennett. Compositionally, he is primarily interested in integrating jazz harmonies into a more contemporary ‘classical’ context.
Chris also arranges for big band and jazz ensembles and in 2017 he received a commission from the music hubs of South Yorkshire to compose an oratorio, Jazz Journeys, for 600 children to perform at the Albert Hall in the Music For Youth Prom series. This was a joint collaboration with the internationally renowned trombonist Dennis Rollins (who has won numerous national and international jazz awards and featured with Courtney Pine, Baba Maal, Jamiroquai, US3, Brand New Heavies, Blur and Maceo Parker amongst others).
New for 2018, Chris runs the brand new Sheffield jazz super-group Straight 8s (a big band comprising former and current members of Renegade Brass Band, Flok, Bad Brew, Screaming Maldini, Hot Diamond Aces and Dr Fat Lip).
Life, Education and Performance
Chris studied at Sheffield University between 2001 and 2009, gaining a First Class honours undergraduate degree, sharing the Julian Payne First Year prize for academic achievement, before going on to complete a PhD in Composition, highlights including a 55-minute Jazz opera, ‘Walk All Over Me’.
Chris performs regularly locally and nationally as a jazz pianist, orchestral pianist, and French horn player.
He is also an ABRSM examiner, which regularly takes him across the UK and Singapore.
Bungalows & Bears, Sheffield
Christmas Party @ Bungalows and Bears
The Beatles’ White Album in its entirety with full orchestra
New work by me for Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Piano
Arranging and Composing:
As well as performing and tutoring, Chris happily takes on work in jazz arranging alongside commissions in contemporary composition
Chris has worked with all sizes of ensemble, from soloists and duos up to 600-strong groups of children in the Albert Hall.
If you’d like to commission a new work from Chris, or would like something arranged for any size jazz ensemble, then do get in touch.
Straight 8s Big Band
Dennis Rollins MBE
Andy Nesbitt (trumpet) is the founder of the hugely successful Renegade Brass Band (renegadebrassband.com), a Sheffield-based group comprising 8 horns, an MC, live scratch DJ, and drums & percussion to produce a live show quite unlike anything on the UK scene. Their music combines elements of funk, jazz and hip hop, and they have played a huge number of festivals including Glastonbury, Soundwave Croatia and Java Jazz Jakarta as well supporting established acts such as De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and Jamie Cullum. BBC6 Music’s Craig Charles has described RBB as ‘probably the best brass band working out of Britain’, and their new live album The Abbey Road Session is available now (renegadebrassband.bandcamp.com). Photo – Charlie Jepson.