Carol, originally from Newport Pagnell, moved to Manchester in 1996 and graduated from the RNCM in 2001 with a Bmus (Hons) 1st class degree and distinction in the solo Professional Performance Diploma. She gained many awards including the brass prize, a jazz improvisation award and two major scholarships from the RNCM and also won the British Trombone Society/Jiggs Whigham scholarship to study in America.
She has been busy freelancing in all fields of the trombone profession with the likes of the BBC Philharmonic, Opera North, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Northern Ballet Theatre D’Oyly Carte and Ulster Brass. Carol has also had trials with the Hallé Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, principal trombonist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and currently as principal trombonist with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
Carol has also performed alongside the likes of Jamiroquai, Lulu, Victoria Beckham, Urban Cookie Collective, has toured the USA with Roy Wood and regularly works and tours with the Andy Prior Orchestra and NYJO. Carol features on a number of commercial albums including Badly Drawn Boy’s “The Hour of Bewilderbeast” winning the ‘Technics Mercury Music Award’, a ‘Q Award’ and ‘Album of the Year’. Carol was on the panel judging the International Trombone competitions whilst at the International Trombone Festival with Bones Apart in Denton, Texas, 2002. She has recently been helping Michael Rath in the testing of the new Rath tenor trombone and has her trombone arrangements published with Warwick Music.