In March 2016 ALEXANDRA RIDOUT won the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, performing music by Herbie Hancock, Jerome Kern, Stevie Wonder, and her own compositions, with the Gwilym Simcock Trio. Alex is currently studying at The Purcell School of Music and at The Junior Department at the Royal Academy of Music. She has performed at leading venues including The 606 Club, Pizza Express Soho and in the EFG London Jazz Festival Kenny Wheeler Tribute. She leads The Alexandra Ridout Quintet and performs as part of tonight’s band, The Ridouts. She is a member of The Barford/Stoneman organ quintet, and as an accomplished orchestral player, performed Handel’s Messiah with Brandenburg Sinfonia at St Martin in the Fields, and as principal trumpet with the Purcell School Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
She has played with Dave Holland and the National Youth Jazz Collective band at the Houses of Commons, and as part of the Alexandra Ridout Quintet at the 2016 Manchester Jazz Festival. Since winning the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, Alexandra has been interviewed on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and Jazz Now shows, BBC Breakfast, and hosted the ‘True Brit’ show on Jazz FM.