Noel is a professional jazz trumpet and flugel horn player, working with various artists and leading his own quartet. He has played alongside the likes of Andy Sheppard, John Warren, Tommy Smith, John Surman, Mark Nightingale, Tim Garland, Pete Churchill, Dave O’Higgins, Jim Mullen, Bob Mintzer and Michael Garrick. His main musical influences include: Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Clifford Brown, Woody Shaw, Gerard Presencer, Paolo Fresu and Alex Sipiagin. Noel also writes and records incidental muisc for TV (for Audio Network PLC) and works closley with renowned composer and producer- Bob Bradley. Noel uses his musical experience to offer a creative approach to business education. He explores the dynamics of jazz improvisation and presents its relevance to organizations. Through music, he demonstrates the key characteristics of creative action to outline methods to develop improvisation and creativity within a business. He has facilitated many jazz workshops with organizations in the public and private sector and his highly creative approach has garnered significant interest from both the academic and business communities, including a recent feature in the Times Higher Educational Supplement. Noel has a passion for learning and teaching and is an advocate of adopting creative methods in the classroom. Noel is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing, where he regularly advises on Learning and Teaching issues. He is lead examiner for the IFY Business programmes delivered by the Northern Consortium UK (NCUK) and for the Marketing suite of programmes delivered at The University of Ulster.
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