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Long-time friend and Beats & Pieces bandmate, Anton Hunter and I lived in the same halls as first year students at Manchester University, but didn’t meet until third year, when I set up Manchester University Big Band. 

Anton was awarded the Manchester Jazz Festival Originals commission in 2014 and created Article XI, the name coming from Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights: 

“Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of their interests.”

Anton’s composition process involves the improvisational voices of his collaborators – he sends them fragments to record and, if they wish, elaborate on and uses these recordings to develop his material. 

Past and present members are Nick Walters, Richard Foote, Tullis Rennie, Kieran McCleod, Oliver Dover, Mette Rasmussen, Sam Andreae, Simon Prince, Cath Roberts, Seth Bennett, Eero Tikkanen and Johnny Hunter.