Mike Lovatt

Mike Lovatt studied at Trinity College of Music London where he was awarded the Jon Kelly Jazz Scholarship. He has performed and recorded a wide range of musical styles with many artists, including Quincy Jones, Robbie Williams, Eric Clapton, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Buble, Oasis, Michel Legrand, Tony Bennett, Toots Thielemans, Marty Paich, Johnny Mathis, the Michael Nyman Band, Michael Ball, Shirley Bassey, Michael Crawford, Danny Elfman, Joby Talbot, the BBC Symphony and Concert orchestras, London Brass, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

As principal trumpeter in London’s West End, Lovatt has performed in Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Producers, Billy Elliot, Guys and Dolls, Saturday Night Fever, My Fair Lady, and Spamalot, among others. He played lead trumpet in the Grammy-nominated John Wilson Orchestra and is a regular guest with the BBC Big Band, who featured him in a tribute to Maynard Fergusson.

Lovatt has played on movie soundtracks the include the James Bond films Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day, the award-winning Chicago, Kevin Spacey’s Beyond the Sea, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Madagascar, and Corpse Bride. He is featured on trumpet and cornet in George Fenton’s Mrs. Henderson Presents.

In 1999 Lovatt first performed the Sacred Music of Duke Ellington with Jessye Norman, Mark Markham, Ron Carter, and Grady Tate. This collaboration with Miss Norman continued with a duo appearance at the Tate gallery in London, the Nice Jazz Festival, the Schleswig Festival Germany, the Gstaad Menhuin Festival, the Peralada Festival, and the Cap Roig Festival. More recently Lovatt played principal trumpet in English National Ballet’s Strictly Gershwin celebration with Barbara Cook, Chroma with the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, and the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Lovatt is a sought after professor of trumpet at the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and Trinity College of Music London.

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