Branford Marsalis, saxophonist

Listen to as many records as possible, develop a massive sound vocabulary, and learn to interact with the musicians you are onstage with.

Mark Bowden, composer

Each piece comes with its own challenges, but these are not frustrations. It is exhilarating to start a new piece and think about how to build its sonic world. I’ve been lucky enough to have huge variety in my work

Busch Trio

We cannot imagine another profession that has the potential to move, thrill, challenge, stimulate and fulfil more than the act of playing music and the endless pleasure of exploring the scores of the great composers

Jonathan Radford, saxophonist

never expect opportunities to just turn up out of the blue, be proactive about creating and finding new work. Be pleasant to be around, assume fully all projects you commit to and always strive to be better. Stay determined, there are always high and low points, believe in yourself and you capabilities. Don’t underestimate the need for rest, set aside time for yourself.

John Metcalfe, composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I got paid 2p at primary school by Vicky Sinden to play the opening bars of ‘The Entertainer’ which meant I could buy a bun at break time. That and ‘Computer World’ by Kraftwerk. Who or what have been the most important influences on…

Haley Myles, pianist

Everything is connected. Work on your inner world and this will reflect in your music.