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    News about CSG Alumni

    We are thrilled and delighted with ex CSG student Nubya Garcia’s stellar success as a saxophonist, composer and huge British jazz talent.

    The Guardian gave last Monday night’s performance at the Village Underground a rapturous 5 star review calling it “history-making jazz in a London accent”


    Nubya attended CSG from 2003 to 2010. She began reading and playing music aged 4. She attended the Camden Music Centre at CSG every weekend from very young.  At the age of 10, having played violin, piano and recorder, she started the saxophone. Nubya then won a saxophone scholarship aged 17 at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. On her return to London, she studied Jazz Performance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and graduated in 2015.


    Nubya released her debut EP ‘Nubya’s 5ive’ in 2017. Her second EP ‘When We Are’ followed in 2018. According to The New York Times,

    “Over a woozy piano part and an effervescent drum feel, Ms Garcia takes a spirited solo, her bright and peppery tone reflecting a dose of Dexter Gordon’s influence.”

    In 2018 Nubya was awarded both the Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year and The Times Breakthrough award. 


    Another former student from Nubya’s year, Cicely Balston, visited the school last week to talk about her career as a mastering engineer at the internationally-renowned Air Studios. Cicely has been working with Nubya and has mastered some of her recordings. It’s wonderful to see our past students continuing to collaborate with such incredible success.

    Nubya is now on a world tour. 

    Please do visit her website at