Amy, from West Cornwall, has been coming to Swanage since a year after her first appearance as a teenage prodigy at Bude. She was voted winner of the Rising Star Category in the British Jazz Awards in both 2009 and 2011, coming 2nd place in the same category in the 2010 and 2012 awards. She has played all over the UK and abroad at prestigious clubs and festivals, and has well known on the jazz circuit as a charismatic performer on flute, clarinet and saxophones. Amy currently leads her own band featuring some of the most exciting musicians on the jazz scene, as well as making guest appearances with other highly acclaimed bands.
In July 2011 Amy graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied Classical Saxophone with Rob Buckland and performed with the RNCM Big Band under the direction of Mike Hall. During her final year of study, Amy was awarded the Martyn Edwards Bursary. She was also selected as the only woodwind student to perform in the finals of the RNCM Gold Medal Competition, the highest-level competition at the college.
She has been part of the Best Of Young Jazz Project in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, as a mentor for young people in the Worcestershire area. During the scheme Amy has worked alongside phenomenal bass player and educator Steve Berry, to inspire and teach the students taking part in the BoYJ academy. She has also been involved in educating young saxophonists in Anglesey during their Summer Residential Course in 2011 and 2012.
In January 2011, shortly after graduating, Amy became the first female musician to join the Big Chris Barber Band and is currently touring with them throughout some of the most highly regarded concert venues in Europe. During this time she had the opportunity to record in Germany with pianist Thomas Stelzer, for his 50th Birthday album which will be released in 2014.
More recently she won the Miscellaneous category in the 2015 British Jazz Awards (for flute), and has been touring with new bands co-lead with Richard Exall – the Magnificent Seven and the Exall-Roberts Quintet, which have featured in Swanage in the last two years.