Malcolm Edmonstone

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Malcolm Edmonstone (born 1980, Perth, Scotland) is a British jazz pianist, arranger, and educator. In 1998 he moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he became Head of Jazz.[1] He has worked as music director for jazz at the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.[2] In 2016 he made his BBC Proms debut, arranging and conducting for Iain Ballamy and Liane Carroll.

Early professional life[edit]

While studying at Guildhall, he was asked by Laurie Holloway to play piano on an international tour with his wife, Marion Montgomery. Edmonstone worked with Holloway on the first three series of the BBC1 television show Strictly Come Dancing, where he played piano and arranged a portion of the music. In 2017 he worked with David Arch as arranger, pianist, and assistant music director.

Dankworth family[edit]

At 21, he met Jacqui Dankworth and became her musical director. They recorded the albums Detour Ahead [3] and Back to You.[4] In 2009, he worked with John Dankworth on the album It Happens Quietly (2011).[5] They worked on arrangements on what proved to be the last of many occasions in which Dankworth acted as a mentor.[6]

Jazz musician[edit]

Since 2011 Edmonstone has worked with Liane Carroll. They have produced concerts with choir and jazz orchestra. He was a pianist and arranger on her album Seaside (Linn, 2015). He has been a member of Mike Walker's Madhouse band and has played with Mark Lockheart, Stan Sulzmann, and Iain Dixon. At the 19th meeting of the International Association of Schools of Jazz, Dave Liebman invited him to play in his only appearance during that conference. In 2011 he appeared at the Royal Opera House in a master class with jazz drummer Peter Erskine and later the same year at the Royal College of Music as part of their Festival of Percussion.

Recording musician[edit]

In 2011 Edmonstone appeared on TV with Liza Minnelli. He recorded for BBC Radio 3 with conductor Lorin Maazel and performed on live television with Tony Bennett. He has recorded extensively as a sideman in jazz and more commercial music. As a session musician he has performed with David Arnold, Gary Barlow, Madeline Bell, Michael Bolton, Tony Christie, Bruce Forsyth, Robin Gibb, Vernon Kaye, Kenny Lynch, David McAlmont, Donny Osmond, Cliff Richard, and Denise Van Outen.


He has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, Middlesex University, Birmingham Conservatoire, and has been head of jazz at Guildhall.[7]

Since 2006 Edmonstone has developed the jazz provision of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.



With Liane Carroll

  • The Right to Love (Quietmoney, 2017)
  • Seaside (Linn, 2015)

With Jacqui Dankworth

  • It Happens Quietly (Proper, 2011)
  • Back to You (Audacious, 2009)
  • Detour Ahead (Candid, 2004)

With Laurie Holloway

  • Strictly Come Dancing (Sony/BBC TV, 2005)

With Frank Holder

  • I Love being here with you (Mainstem, 2007)
  • Ballads, Blues and Bop (Mainstem, 2009)

With Tom Rust

  • Saints and Singers (Feelerhead, 2004)
  • Are we there yet? (Feelerhead, 2010)

With Kate Dimbleby

  • Things as they are (2007)


With David Arch

  • All Star Musicals (ITV, 2017)

With Liza Minnelli

  • Loose Women (ITV, 2011)

With Laurie Holloway

  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC TV, 2004–2006)

With Jacqui Dankworth

  • RTÉ New Year Concert (RTÉ, 2011)
  • Jazz Line-up - Cleo Laine and Friends (BBC Radio 3, 2011)
  • The Paul O'Grady Show (ITV, 2009)

With Michael Bolton

  • The Dame Edna Treatment (ITV, 2007)

TV themes[edit]

With Laurie Holloway

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Senior Music Staff". Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  2. ^ "The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland". Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  3. ^ Dave Gelly (30 May 2004). "Jazz CD of the week: Jacqui Dankworth, Detour Ahead | Music | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  4. ^ John Fordham (12 June 2009). "Review: Jacqui Dankworth: Back to You | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  5. ^ John Fordham (25 August 2011). "Jacqui Dankworth: It Happens Quietly – review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  6. ^ Scotney, Sebastian (8 February 2010). "sir John Dankworth - an appreciation". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  7. ^ "University guide 2014: Guildhall School of Music & Drama | Education". London: 10 May 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2013.