Jo McCallum

Jo studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and since graduating has worked as a performer, arranger and teacher.

She has directed and performed in her own projects and in 2009/10 she managed an Arts Council funded tour for her own big band, featuring and promoting Manchester musicians, composers and arrangers.

Jo's arrangements have been performed by the RNCM Big Band featuring guitarist Mike Walker, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Big Band, Jeremy Sassoon's Tribute to Ray Charles, Paul Pashley and the Litework Collective. She has also been commissioned to arrange big band and small band music for education projects for Music For Life, Runshaw College and Altrincham Grammar School for Girls.

Jo has been involved in setting up Music Place Supports, an outreach project which aims to take music out to those in the community who might not usually be able to experience it. She also runs the Jazz North Introduces scheme, giving young musicians with their first high profile performance opportunities at leading northern jazz festivals. She is currently working with Mike Walker to manage the recording and touring of his orchestral work, 'Ropes'. Outside of music, Jo does voluntary work for ChildLine and the NSPCC.

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