Carol Jarvis


Since graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music with the highest qualifications possible, Carol has been in constant demand in all genres of trombone playing and has won many awards including major scholarships in the UK and USA.

Carol often plays guest principal trombone with major Symphony Orchestras throughout the UK and abroad and features on a number of commercial soundtracks to feature films, adverts, jingles and albums. Performances include playing with the likes of Bon Jovi, Lulu and Brian May and touring and recording with Sting, Michael Bolton and Seal. She has written orchestral arrangements for Seal for performances in San Francisco and orchestrated tracks for Corinne Bailey Rae.

Carol is on the Board of Advisors of the British Trombone Society, has judged many International Trombone competitions around the globe. She writes articles for various publications, is a professor of trombone at Trinity College of Music in London and gives masterclasses and clinics across the world.

In October 2004 Carol, aged 26, was diagnosed with stage 2a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and has since undergone many different treatments beginning with a standard Chemotherapy course known as ABVD. Unfortunately she then had to undergo a course of high dose Chemotherapy called ESHAP followed by BEAM and a stem cell transplant in September 2005. This treatment also didn’t work for Carol so she then had an intense course of Radiotherapy to her chest after seeing some lung specialists in London.

After this course the tumours still showed live activity so Carol then signed up for a clinical trial for an experimental antibody drug. She was the 22nd person in the world to try it, the 2nd in the UK, and the first to complete the course of 12 treatments and respond to it! Unfortunately results showed that the tumours in her neck and between her lungs were still live, but small, and the disease has remained stable since then. These trials will hopefully mean that new drugs will slowly be made and added to the normal ABVD Primary treatment for people diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and give them a better chance for a cure.

Carol is thrilled to have the opportunity to make the ‘Smile’ album, which will raise funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support. In her own words; “a cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence. It can be a very dark and lonely place, but it also opens your eyes to the world. If anything, my life is so much better since that diagnosis as I don’t take anything for granted anymore and treasure even the smallest things.”

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