Brentwood student sings with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Murray Peat dreams of performing at world famous jazz club Ronnie Scotts in London

Submitted by Brentwood School

A Brentwood School student is well on his way to realizing his dream of becoming a professional jazz singer.

Murray Peat, 15, who goes to school in Brentwood, Essex, has secured a place as a singer on the academy vocal team of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO).

Speaking about his long-term goals, Murray said: “In the long term, I want to be a jazz singer. I want to develop my theoretical knowledge and my experience by playing in a band; my biggest goal is to play at Ronnie Scott’s and I want to play with the Jools Holland Big Band.

While singing with the NYJO, the talented young performer will be able to hone his skills as he learns everything from microphone technique and repertoire to reading and jazz interpretation.

Murray will also have the opportunity to sing with the Academy Big Band and work in a jazz vocal ensemble.

The year 11 student said: “When I found out that I got a place, I was very happy and also very excited because during the orientation day, I had so much fun. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and just making music there and meeting other amazing jazz musicians.

Murray enjoys playing with the School Big Band

Speaking about his love for singing, Murray said: “I started singing when I was young, but it wasn’t until I became a student at Brentwood in year 7 that I realized how much I loved music, and I think it’s due to being exposed to so many amazing opportunities. Brentwood also means that I have experienced so many different genres of music. I love choral music and musical theater a lot, however, it’s jazz that I really love and performing with the School Big Band is one of the scariest and most exciting things I’ve ever experienced. .

“The great thing about being a singer is that the practice is so easily accessible. Personally, I think the best way to practice and learn is to apply musical techniques to the songs I really plan to perform, or to practice with a goal/deadline in mind. I also really like accompanying myself on the guitar, writing music and exploring music through the guitar.

Director of Music and Performing Arts at Brentwood School, Mr Florian Cooper, said: ‘Murray has been an accomplished musical professional since joining the school five years ago and he has never It’s no surprise to see his hard work and talent recognized so significantly nationally. stage. Murray is gifted with a marvelous voice, magical performance ability and a genuine affinity for delivering text to an audience. I look forward to hearing Murray sing with NYJO in the near future.

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Henry R. Wright