Born in Rochford, Essex, Jemma Andrews began her musical training on the cornet at the age of 4. She started in Thundersley brass band after hearing her father play the cornet and progressed quickly having achieved her grade 7 by age 11. In 2007, Jemma attended Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied for three years with Richard Jones. Jemma continued her trumpet studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for a year programme in 2010, where she obtained the ATCL performance diploma and Grade 8 theory. She then trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating with a BMus (Hons) degree in 2016. There, she studied with top professors Paul Mayes, Stephen Keavy, Paul Cosh and Noel Langley.
In the past few years, Jemma has performed with The London Film Music Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as an extra and Docklands Sinfonia. She has performed in venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, Watford Colosseum, The Barbican and Maida Vale Studios. Jemma performed with the National Youth Wind Orchestra on 1st cornet at the BBC Proms in 2012.
Jemma also has a passion for collaborating with others and working with various art forms. She is a versatile trumpeter having played in many musical settings, including symphony orchestras, big bands, brass bands, jazz ensembles and musical theatre bands.
Jemma is a regular guest performer with The Music Man Project, the UK’s first full time music education service for adults with learning disabilities. As a soloist for the project, Jemma has performed at prestigious venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Salvation Army Regent Hall, The Royal College of Music and The London Palladium performing original compositions by David Stanley.
Jemma teaches the trumpet as a peripatetic and private tutor. She visits various schools including The Perse School and Westcliff High School for Girls, where she provides brass tuition and conducts various brass ensembles.