Carol Jarvis is a much in-demand freelance trombonist, who works almost exclusively in all fields of the profession. Carol plays trombone, keyboards and sings backing vocals, and can be found touring the world working with internationally renowned ensembles from the London Symphony Orchestra to the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as performing regularly in London’s West End shows. If that wasn’t enough, Carol has toured and recorded extensively with stars such as Sting, Queen, Seal, Rod Stewart, Amy Winehouse, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Ellie Goulding and Bon Jovi.
Originally from Newport Pagnell, Carol studied trombone with Chris Houlding, John Iveson and Andy Berryman at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and graduated with the highest qualifications possible. During this time she gained many awards including major scholarships in the UK and USA.
If that wasn’t enough, Carol has toured and recorded extensively with stars such as Sting, Queen, Seal, Rod Stewart, Amy Winehouse, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Ellie Goulding and Bon Jovi.
Her session work features on a number of commercial soundtracks for feature films, advertisements, jingles, albums and singles. Carol has also contributed to myriad commercial pop tracks and as such her work has appeared in the Top 10 UK charts several times. Over the past little while Carol’s TV work has included the recording of a BBC Doctor Who soundtrack, performing at the Brit Awards, on the prestigious Royal Variety Performance, on Britain’s Got Talent, working with the band MUSE, The BBC Music Awards, the XFactor and fixing and performing in the house band on the TV series ‘Chris Moyles Quiz Night’. Carol also contracted the orchestra for Sting’s European tour and DVD recording ‘If On a Winter’s Night’.
Carol has been part of audition panels judging international trombone competitions on many occasions around the globe. She is also well known for coaching and has given masterclasses throughout the world including Berklee College of Music in Boston, Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Lucerne Conservatoire in Switzerland, University of California in Los Angeles, Rice University in Houston, Mexico City University and Lima Conservatoire in Peru. Carol is a professor of trombone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in London, currently President of the International Trombone Festival, a past President of the British Trombone Society, second Vice-President of the International Trombone Association and part of the jazz search committee at Kunst University, in Graz, Austria.
As well as performing and teaching, Carol has written orchestral arrangements for a whole host of different artists and genres. Most notably for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Grammy award-winning pop stars such as Seal and Corinne Bailey Rae. She was part of the production team on a Eurovision Song Contest entry representing the UK and her orchestrations have been featured on albums which have been nominated for the Mercury Prize, been in the top 5 of the UK Album Charts and US Billboard Chart, featured on The Oscars and also been recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
Carol released her debut solo album ‘Smile’ in 2011 which was recorded at Pinewood Studios. The album reached the penultimate round of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. It is sold for the benefit of Macmillan Cancer Support and it is available here.