Issie Barratt is an internationally active composer, arranger, conductor, baritone player, record producer and educator. Ranked at number 38 in BBC Radio 4’s Women in Music Power List 2018 (comprising the top 40 most influential women in the music industry) Issie has performed at a majority of leading concert halls, jazz clubs and festivals in Britain, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, south east India, central America and the east coast of Canada.
Issie has been awarded commissions by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Delta Sax Quartet, 4th Dimension String Quartet, Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Bohuslän Big Band (Sweden), North Cheshire Wind Orchestra, Norwegian Wind Ensemble,, Swiss Gemeinderat and Burgerkanzlei of Unterägeri (Canton Zug), Women of the World Orchestra, Vortex Foundation Big Band, Conservatoires UK Big Band, National Youth Jazz Collective, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Royal Academy of Music’s Big Band, Royal Northern College of Music’s String ensemble, TrinityLaban and Leeds Colleges’ Contemporary Jazz Ensembles, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, JCFI-Association (Norway), South West Music School, with her music have featured international acclaimed soloists such as Anders Bergcrantz, Gary Burton, Tim Garland, Suranjana Ghosh, Julian Joseph, Laura Jurd, Mark Lockheart, Joe Locke, Anna Sofie von Otter, Carl Rütti, Rowland Sutherland, Maggi Olin, Mike Outram, Steve Waterman and Annie Whitehead, frequently sharing the billing with fellow record label composers, Mike Gibbs and John Warren
Many of her commissions have received funding from Arts Council England, PRS-Foundation & Youth Music
Issie’s also a very proactive board director of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (where she’s also the chair of the Jazz Committee) and a Trustee of Jazz Heritage Wales