NEWS: Issie Barratt of NYJC included in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Top 40 Music Power List 2018

Issie Barratt (4th from right) and others from the Power List
at BBC Studios in Maida Vale
Photo from ceremony posted extensively elsewhere 

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour announced its “Top 40 Music Power List 2018” yesterday. In the words of the BBC’s statement: “These are the women demonstrating power in the industry, innovators and ground-breakers supporting and championing the work of other women or changing the industry from within – making it more equal, diverse and creative.” The selection panel is listed below.

At No. 38 in the list was the National Youth Jazz Collective’s Founding Artistic Director Issie Barratt. Sincerest Congratulations.

NYJC issued the following Press Release:

NYJC are delighted to announce that our Founding Artistic Director Issie Barratt has today been listed in the BBC Woman’s Hour Power List for 2018. The Woman’s Hour 2018 Power List recognises the Top 40 most successful women having an impact on the music we’re all listening to. Issie’s unique and extraordinary contribution to jazz music in the UK has seen NYJC grow from a vague idea into a flourishing reality that has shaped the musical direction of hundreds of gifted young musicians over the last 11 years.

Issie first tested the concept that became the National Youth Jazz Collective in 2007, using her expertise as Director of the first Jazz course at TrinityLaban Conservatoire to instigate a summer school for young musicians aged 14-18.

Known as one of the nation’s leading jazz composers (writing for small and large ensembles around the world) Issie has also spent the last 30 years tirelessly campaigning for jazz – founding TrinityLaban’s jazz department, the National Youth Jazz Collective, Fuzzy Moon Records and British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors’ Jazz Committee; leading the jazz strand for Sound and Music’s summer school; mentoring, arranging and composing for the South Bank’s ‘Women of the World’ Festival & Orchestra; speaking about gender issues (nationally and globally) at festivals, seminars and conferences and more recently leading her year-long pilot Jazz Promoters’ Fellowship Scheme (Funded by Help Musicians UK) and ground breaking INTERCHANGE dectet (Funded by Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation) commissioning and touring new works for and by the nation’s leading women improvisers and composers.

NYJC’s Chair, Mike Gibbons declared proudly: “Issie’s deep love for the music and infinite support for fellow musicians of all ages is remarkable. She’s totally unstoppable, and we’re all extremely glad of it!”


The panel selecting the awards was BBC TV and Radio Presenter Tina Daheley (Chair), music TV producer and columnist Jasmine Dotiwala; classical music writer and novelist Jessica Duchen; Music Producers Guild producer of the Year 2018 Catherine Marks, and BRIT award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Kate Nash.

LINK: Full details of the Top 40

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