How it all began
Karen Sanderson – Director and Conductor
I was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and from an early age loved Music at school. At the age of 9 I was offered Flute lessons after playing Nancy in the school musical. I continued playing in any ensemble I could find. At the age of 12 I was invited to play in the Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra by John Ellis and so began my love of Jazz Music. We went all over Europe playing in Music Festivals including Nice and Montreux. We also won the Jazz section of the Music for Youth Festival in London for a number of years which resulted in us playing at the Royal Albert Hall Schools Proms on a number of occasions. I also played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
At school I played in every orchestra, choir and ensemble that would have me and played with a friend Gillian Bennett, a guitarist in a duo called Karillion. We went all over Yorkshire playing at a number of venues and supporting other artists. I loved every genre and experienced some amazing things because of my involvement in Music. At the age of 15 I won an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Musical Life of Doncaster, presented by the Mayor.
At 19 I left Doncaster to come and study Music in Cambridge. While at college I again threw myself in the music that was offered playing in the College Orchestra, Wind Band, Jazz Band,Choir and Percussion ensemble. I also took Master Classes with my Flute Teacher on Flute Technique which lead onto me teaching Flute to a number of Pupils.
After graduating I went to work at the Leys School, then St Marys Girls School .During this time I met and married Mark and until the birth of Ben I was Lead singer in a Rock Band called Paradox. I also played with the Cambridge Philharmonic. Once Ben arrived I established a choir at Eden Baptist Church, we sang in Services, weddings and social events.
Daniel, our second son arrived and I decided it was time to do something about a dream I had had for years to establish and conduct a Big Band. I was then introduced to Stephen Inglis after a conversation with a mutual friend and Linton Jazz was formed with a few friends and family members in 1999. The band has grown and gone from strength to strength and now boasts over 30 members. The ethos of the band is to have fun playing Jazz and the success of Linton Jazz is down to the passion of all the members. We have raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years and have already got bookings for the coming year.
We have been very lucky over the years as we have a core of adults who do an amazing job and then the younger members who come and join us and then may move on when they go to college or University. Over the years it has been a privilege to be a part of their musical journey and we have always had a steady increase in numbers. We never turn anyone away and the quality of the musicians that play with the band is outstanding.