I’m Reuben and I’ve been playing guitar for roughly about 6 years now. I have grown up around music as both my brothers play piano to a good standard. I’ve explored various genres through my guitar playing but have only recently discovered my passion for jazz over the past few years. Some of my current favourite guitarists include Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and John McLaughlin. I joined the Ben Ward Big Band in February 2018 and it has allowed me to play with professional musicians and therefore allow me to continue on my journey through jazz music successfully.
George Povey is a young jazz musician from Bath, UK. He is currently studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and is a core member of the college's Big Band. He is under the tuition of Paula Gardiner, Huw Warren, James Maddren, Martin France, Joshua Blackmore and Ian Ballamy on the college's prestigious jazz course. Before starting his studies at RWCMD, he completed Junior Conservatoire programmes both at the Royal Welsh and Bristol Pre-Conservatoire.
He has also been involved with the Wilshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and attended the world-renowned jazz summer school at the Amsterdam Conservatory, studying with Dick Oatts, John Riley, Jay Anderson and Justin Dicioccio. George first started his musical studies on violin, aged 6. Some years later, after trying out a range of instruments, he found a passion for the drum kit. Aside from the drums, he also practises guitar and vibraphone.
George is excited to add the Ben Ward Big Band to his list of performance experience, which spans several genres in performance spaces all around the UK.
Fiona Kinsella is a young Jazz singer from Nottingham. She began vocal training at the age of 9 discovering her passion for musical theatre and classical voice. During the last two years Fiona has been the lead vocalist of the Nottingham Jazz Youth Orchestra allowing her to discover her powerful and soulful jazz sound whilst regularly gigging and partaking in the annual tour to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Inspired by the greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, she aspires to create and emotional yet entertaining performance.