Proscenium was set up by Scott Chapman in 2014 as a compositional outlet and a means of bringing together some of his favourite musicians. A unique instrumentation coupled with distinct individual voices in the group has resulted in a fresh and engaging acoustic band sound, drawing the listener in with lyrical melodies, captivating grooves, and dynamic ensemble interplay.

Drawn to the strong melodic content found in folk, Scott’s compositions also take rhythmic influence from popular and world music, borrowing aspects of looping and layering from programmed music while retaining jazz improvisation at its heart.

Scott Chapman – drums
Sam Rapley – clarinets
George Crowley – tenor
Sam James – piano
Conor Chaplin – bass


The Dissolute Society explores Raph’s interests in contemporary improvisation, European jazz, 20th century classical music, poetry, spoken word, song, and soulful grooves, as well as original arrangements of music by Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor.

Performed by some of London’s most innovative and in-demand musicians, these varied elements are brought together through a highly personal and expressive narrative, exploring themes of family history, grief, friendship and hope.

“Raphael Clarkson caught the ear with some inventive lines and a big sound to boot…consistently good trombone work”
– Bebop Spoken Here

Raphael Clarkson – trombone, vocals
Fini Bearman – voice
Naomi Burrell – violin
Zosia Jagodzinska – cello
Gustav Clarkson – viola
Laura Jurd – trumpet
Phil Merriman – keys, synth bass
Simon Roth – drums