Raddon Stephenson Trombone NEXT Musician 2019-20 Raddon first became interested in contemporary music during his studies at the University of Manchester, where he was recently presented the Dean’s Award for Achievement for his First-class degree in music (2019). He particularly enjoys workshopping new music with the composer present and has given first performances of numerous student pieces, 6 mini-operas on the Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera programme and works by emerging composers from around the world as a Britten-Pears Young Artist on the Composition and Performance Course 2019. Other recent performance highlights include the world premieres of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s A Furious Fanfare (for brass trio and percussion) and Judith Weir’s opera Armida as a staged production, as well as performing concertos by Lars-Erik Larsson and Ferdinand David. Raddon studied trombone with Simon Powell in Manchester and has taken masterclasses with Lars Karlin (New European Ensemble) and Jonas Bylund (Stockholm Chamber Brass) at the Aurora Music Festival in Stockholm. In addition to realising other people’s musical ideas, Raddon is also a composer and improviser in contemporary classical, jazz and folk idioms on the trombone, piano and accordion. He has worked on an improvised music/physical theatre collaborative work, The Feral Project, with the Manchester-based Vonnegut Collective and has directed the Manchester University Big Band for two years, focusing primarily on new works by contemporary UK and Scandinavian composers. He is thrilled to join this year’s NEXT cohort and is really looking forward to working with the other participants and BCMG musicians, delving deeper into new repertoires and exploring what contemporary music has to say about the world today.