BBC YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
BRITISH JAZZ AWARD ‘RISING STAR’ RUNNER UP
Alexandra has been playing the trumpet since she was nine (gaining grade 8 distinction aged 13 and an LTCL diploma aged 16) and before this she learnt classical guitar, recorder and started learning the piano. At the age of 14 she gained a place on classical trumpet at the Junior Department of The Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship. A year later she also gained a place on the Junior Jazz course at The Royal Academy of Music. Alex has successfully auditioned for the National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School for the last five years and in summer 2015 (aged 16) was one of two UK 16-19 year-olds chosen to attend the prestigious Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in Stockton, California. Alex became a full time member of NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) in January 2017 having ‘depped’ in the band many times in the previous year or two. After studying at The Purcell School for her sixth form, she began studying at The Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship from September 2017.
Since winning the BBC Young Musician 2016 Jazz Award Alexandra has been interviewed on ‘In tune’ on Radio 3, interviewed on ‘Jazz Now’ on Radio 3 and hosted the ‘True Brit’ show on Jazz FM. She also performed with fellow BBC Young Musician Jazz Award finalists Noah Stoneman ( 2016 final ) and Freddie Jensen (2014 final) as a trio in the interval during the Classical BBC Young Musician final at The Barbican. This was filmed by the BBC to use at a later date.
In November 2016 the BBC invited Alexandra to be the featured soloist on flugelhorn with the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra’s performances of Kenny Wheeler’s 59 minute long ‘Sweet Sister Suite’. Their first performance on Thursday 17th November at The Royal Conservatiore of Scotland was recorded by the BBC and broadcast across the EU including Radio 3’s Jazz Now show on Feb 20th 2017. (Now on YouTube)
Some of Alexandra’s recent performance highlights include performing with Dave Holland and the NYJC flagship band at the Houses of Commons, performing at the Pizza Express Soho with the RAM Junior jazz, performing with the Clark Tracey Quintet, performing with the RAM trumpets for the Kenny Wheeler Tribute at the Cadogan Hall, performing as a main act in the Manchester Jazz festival 2016 with her own quintet ‘The Alexandra Ridout Quintet’, performing at the 606 with a family band ‘The Ridouts’ .
As a classical trumpeter, Alexandra’s highlights include being a featured performer in an Alan Vizzutti masterclass, performing in the QEH foyer and other venues with the Junior Academy Brass, performing Handel’s Messiah at St Martin in the Fields with the Brandenburg Sinfonia, performing with the Purcell School Orchestra at the QEH (principle trumpet) & Cadogan Hall and performing with the Fantasia Orchestra.
She received ‘Highly commended’ in the 2015 Junior Ram Intermediate Brass prize, won the Toddington Young Musician of the Year 2014 and was The British Jazz Awards 2016 ‘Rising Star’ runner up.
In addition to leading her own band ‘The Alexandra Ridout Quintet’, Alexandra is a member of ‘The Ridouts’ , a band that includes her brother Tom (saxophone and recorder) and dad Mark (guitar) with Tristan Mailliot (drums) and Flo Moore (bass). She is also a member of Clark Tracey’s ‘Tribute to Stan Tracey’s Hexad’ band , The Barford/Stoneman Organ Quintet, with Noah Stoneman (organ), Miles Mindlin (guitar), Joel Barford (drums) and Harry Greene (sax’s) and is a chair (full time member) in NYJO (The National Youth Jazz Orchestra).