Beth Aggett

Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Voice

Location: London


Beth grew up in Hackney, East London. Following a bachelor's in Music from Durham University, Beth began a career as a session vocalist and songwriter for many UK and international artists such as Rudimental, Bondax, Kidnap Kid, and John Newman. Alongside this she began writing her own music, which she has performed at many UK venues and festivals, including Beacons and Love Supreme.
In 2014 she joined the London-based Seven Steps Big Band as their lead vocalist, performing regularly play at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho and touring internationally. Beth regularly composes and arranges music for this 20-piece band.
In 2016 she completed a masters in Musicology focusing on the politics and heritage of jazz. Since then, though Beth still continues her toplining and arranging work, for the past few years she has been concentrating on developing her own identity as an artist. Her style draws heavily on jazz and folk, aiming to combine the sophistication of the former with the simplicity and story-telling nature of the latter.
Being awarded the Help Musicians Transmission fund has enabled me to attend a 6-day course for jazz vocalists run by the wonderful Emilia Martensson (London-based vocalist, composer and educator). The course will involve workshops, masterclasses, individual tutoring, performances and jam sessions, and will cover performance skills, improvisation, interpretation, band leading, and songwriting.