Raphael Clarkson has become interested in an array of different musical styles throughout his musical education. He studied Music at York where he received a starred first degree, and then moved to Oxford where he achieved a distinction in his Mphil in Musicology and Performance, the final thesis of which was based on studies of current trombonists.
He has been taught by Lindsay Shilling, Sue Addison, and Mark Bassey, and has performed with small jazz groups, early music ensembles, and youth orchestras in some of the UK’s top venues including the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Vortex Jazz Club. He has also performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Filey Festival, York Late Music Festival and Shanghai World Expo Music Festival.Raphael currently plays with WorldService Project, recently tipped as a band to watch by Jazzwise magazine, and also the Blowpipes Trombone Trio, who perform an eclectic mix of music. Raphael is focusing on a career in jazz and early music, with occasional projects fusing the two styles.Raphael has also taught trombone in York, Oxford and London, and has been active in youth music workshops and community music volunteering projects, including a series of workshops led by Dennis Rollins, to whom he was an assistant.