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Jane Sebba

Composer Information: Jane Sebba

Aged 3: annoyed the family by singing incessantly;

Aged 4: screamed to be allowed to start piano lessons. Started piano lessons;

Aged 8: asked politely to start accordion lessons. The request was refused;

Aged 10: begged to be allowed to stop piano lessons. Continued with piano lessons;

Aged 13: started bassoon lessons;

Aged 16: joined the bassoon section of the National Youth Orchestra;

Aged 22: bought an accordion and learned to play it;

Aged 23: gave up ambition to be the first female bassoonist in the London Symphony Orchestra.

Aged 3 - 22 : became increasingly drawn to music, along a route which started with the Beatles and continued via Gershwin, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Mozart, Michael Franks, Billy Mayerl, Poulenc, Bach, Sharon Shannon, Cole Porter, Debussy, Grappelli and more besides...

Educated as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music, she went on to study at both the Guildhall School of Music and at Westminster College, Oxford.

Since then, Jane has taught in primary schools in London, both as class teacher and music specialist, founded and ran The Music Funshop: a music workshop for children aged
3-9 and worked as a theatre musician in productions around the country for companies including National Theatre in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Jane is currently a commissioning Editor in the music department at A&C Black Publishers. She is also a keen adjudicator, arranger, and yoga devotee.

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