Max McLeish

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Max is an accomplished trombonist, cellist, composer, arranger and teacher, studying for an MA at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Max has been playing music from an early age, starting the piano when he was five, the cello when he was six and the trombone at eight, beginning his studies with Opera North trombonist Ian Davies. He started playing in orchestras soon after, becoming principal trombone with the National Children’s Orchestra for five years from 2008, receiving a Leverhulme scholarship in 2011. Additionally, Max played cello in the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra (2009-2016) where he held the joint-principal position and performed as concerto soloist during a tour of the Czech Rebublic in 2016. Despite his classical training, Max is also an accomplished jazz musician and has studied with leading UK jazz trombonists Kevin Holbrough, Gordon Campbell and Trevor Mires. His big band experience includes playing lead trombone with the York Youth Jazz Orchestra, directing the Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra and deputy work with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 2016 Max progressed to the category auditions of BBC Young Musician whilst also progressing to the top 20 in the respective jazz award, both on trombone. Max's diverse musicianship has also led him to sing in St. Paul's Cathedral and perform Albrechtsperger's Alto trombone concerto in York Minster. Max graduated with a first class degree in Music from the University of Cambridge in 2020 and currently is studying for an MA in jazz trombone at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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Phil T
4 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in St Andrew's St
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5 out of 5

We loved having Max play at our event - he really understood what we were aiming for, and created the perfect vibe! Max was super friendly, on time, professional - would totally recommend inviting him to your event!

Maxim M
4 years ago, for a Concert in 11 West Rd
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5 out of 5

It was a joy and a pleasure to have Max and his band come and perform at the Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series. The wonderfully eclectic mix of repertoire, old classics intermingled with more modern takes on the jazz idiom (including one of Max's compositions!) was incredibly well received by the audience, for whom it was a delight to see such positive energy eminating from the stage. The balance between lead and backing was very expertly achieved, with each player coming into their own and tracks chosen according to their individual strengths. All in all, a thoroughly well thought-through and executed performance which merited the standing ovation that it received.

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Max's Song list

In addition to the following songs requests are welcomed.
Beautiful Cello Music:
Pachalbel’s Canon
Over the Rainbow
Con Te Partiro
Flower Duet from Lakme
Air on a G String
Gabriel’s Oboe “Mission”
Parting Glass
May Morning Dew
My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
A Time For Us “Romeo And Juliet”
Prelude from Suite No. 1 in G major by Bach
The Swan
“Largo” from The New World Symphony
Bouree 1 from Cello Suite No.3 by Bach
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
The Scientist (Coldplay)
Game of Thrones Theme
Light Piano Songs (Vocal or Instrumental):
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
Someday My Prince Will Come
Crazy She Calls Me
Have You Met Miss Jones?
You and I – Stevie Wonder
All At Sea – Jamie Cullum
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Your Song – Elton John
Everglow – Coldplay
Dream A Little Dream
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Latch – Disclosure
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
What You Don’t Do – Lianne La Havas
Jazz songs either for just piano or with a duo/trio/quartet/quintet:
All The Things You Are
Autumn Leaves
On Green Dolphin Street
Dream A Little Dream
Fly Me To The Moon
Red Clay
Watermelon Man
Beautiful Love
There Will Never Be Another You
Have You Met Miss Jones
Someday My Prince Will Come
It’s Only A Paper Moon
Giant Steps
Love For Sale
Maiden Voyage
Out Of Nowhere
Body and Soul
Round Midnight
Stella By Starlight
Blackbird (The Beatles)
The Girl From Ipanema
I've Got A Crush On You
Take The A Train
At Last
My Way
The Way You Look Tonight
The Nearness Of You
So What

Max's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£60
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£280
Up to 3 hours£400
Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Gospel, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Barbershop, Gypsy jazz, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Medieval music, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Christmas, Military, Ska, Light music, Soul, Tribute, Motown, Funk, Covers, Pop
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Songwriter, Composer, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker, Theory teaching, Musicologist, Examiner
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