Welcome to the official website of Award Winning Saxophonist | Broadcaster | Author YolanDa Brown.
Here you will find updates on gigs and tours, TV and Radio appearances, as well as her charity work. Thanks for visiting and being a part of her journey.
Please don't forget to join YolanDa's mailing list, so you are kept up to date of her adventures around the world.
YolanDa Releases New Children's Book
ABC's of Music - My First Music Book
Out Now on Hal Leonard
YolanDa Brown appointed by Secretary of State as National Council Member at Arts Council England
YolanDa Brown appointed by Nadine Dorries (Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) - as National Council Member at Arts Council England
The Government assembles advisory panel, including YolanDa Brown - National Plan for Music Education
The panel will work with the DfE and DCMS to ensure the refreshed plan supports the government’s aims for all young people to have access to a high quality music education and opportunities to explore music.
Listen to YolanDa Brown on LBC with Ruth Davidson for an in-depth chat
Listen today at 9pm on LBC as YolanDa has an in-depth chat with Ruth Davidson about family, career, dreams and my primary schools music campaign.
Telegraph Interview with YolanDa Brown
on her Music resources for home learning
The resources have been created to sit neatly alongside the national curriculum, with encouragement and planning tools to help teachers and parents incorporate music into other subjects and
Read YolanDa Brown interview in iNews with Adam Sherwin
“Parents don’t have to be musical. You can start a beat banging on the dinner table and get a sing-along going. Just that interaction as a family can be uplifting in these trying times.”
YolanDa Brown appears on BBC Morning Live on BBC One with Kym and Gethin
YolanDa appeared on BBC Morning Live today speaking about the impact of music and her campaign to provide more access to music across primary schools around the country.
YolanDa Brown gives home schooling tips in Good House Keeping Magazine
"My top piece of advice for helping children learn music at home is first and foremost, have fun. A lot of the ‘learning’ children will have to do at the moment will be sitting down in front of a worksheet or on a screen. Change it up!"
YolanDa Brown presents BBC YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIAN 2020 on BBC FOUR
YolanDa Brown presents the young jazz musician on BBC Four. Jury was made up of Guy Barker, Nubya Garcia and Orphy Robinson, recorded at Cadogan Hall.
YolanDa Brown releases music from her
CBeebies show on Sony Music Magic Star.
YolanDa Brown has released Something ‘bout That Noise, a single from her upcoming album based on her popular CBeebies show and announces her latest mission to promote music education in primary schools.
YolanDa Brown interviews Alexis Ffrench on Songs of Praise
Classical pianist Alexis Ffrench tells YolanDa Brown about his love of music, and how he felt as a child being Britain's youngest black church organist
YolanDa presents "Sunday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2"
YolanDa Brown presents the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Big Band in concert at Birmingham's Symphony Hall in celebration of composer Duke Ellington.
YolanDa presents Podcast with London Philharmonic Orchestra
YolanDa presents "OffStage" with the LPO. An insightful chat about the inner workings of an orchestra and will definitely take the audience into some of the anecdotes from backstage. Available now on all streaming platforms.
YolanDa Judges the Junior Guildhall School Lutine Prize Final
YolanDa was honoured to be one of the adjudicators along with, Paul Hoskins and Armin Zanner. Thanks to Rosie Whitfield and the Junior Guildhall team for a fab event.
Living Wage Foundation Panel webinar participation by YolanDa Brown
Do you work in the #ThirdSector? YolanDa Brown speaks at Living Wage UK webinar on 'Rebuilding an Inclusive Third Sector with the real Living Wage wearing her Chair of Youth Music charity hat.
BBC Radio 2 YolanDa Brown presents the Early Breakfast Show all week
YolanDa Brown sits in for Vanessa Feltz from Monday, 20th July -24th July, bringing you all the world's trending stories and this morning's Pause For Thought.
JAZZ FM announce YolanDa Brown
as new presenter for a new slot every Saturday
YolanDa Brown will present a weekly show from Saturday, 30th June.
Her show – “YolanDa Brown on Saturday” – will broadcast between 2pm and 6pm every Saturday afternoon and will allow YolanDa to showcase some of the world’s greatest jazz, soul and blues performers with her inimitable style, full of passion, personality and fun.
BBC Radio 2 -YolanDa Brown sits in for Trevor Nelson on the Rhythm Nation
YolanDa Brown makes her BBC Radio 2 debut as she sits in for Trevor Nelson on his Rhythm Nation show.
Join her on the 12th Dec (election night) and 16th Dec at 10pm.
Royal Television Society Win for "YolanDa's Band Jam" CBeebies TV show
YolanDa Brown wins her first award as a Broadcaster with an RTSNW Award for Best Children's Programme (Pre - school).
CBeebies Stargazing: Mission Moon, Clangers, Daisy & Ollie Christmas Special; 'What's so Great About Christmas Anyway?’.
Watch House of Games on BBC TWO with
Join YolanDa Brown everyday this week at 6pm on BBC One along with Rev Kate Bottley, Joel Dommett and John Thomson. Hosted by Richard Osman.
Jools Holland interviews YolanDa Brown on BBC Radio 2
In the first of this new series Jools is joined in the studio by YolanDa Brown, the UK’s premiere female saxophonist.
A multiple Mobo winner, YolanDa is also the presenter of YolanDa’s Band Jam on CBeebies, a show often described as 'Later… for pre-schoolers'.
YolanDa Brown presents BBC Gospel Choir of the Year - BBC One
YolanDa Brown hosts the Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition 2019 with judges Rick Astley, Brenda Edwards and Mark De-Lisser.
BBC Teach - Bring The Noise with
BBC launch an educational campaign to inspire children to become musicians and see the joys of music-making. Zara Larsson, Nile Rodgers, JP Cooper and YolanDa Brown are ambassadors. YolanDa Brown says: "The heartbeat of every generation are children and it is important that we nurture them and teach them to dream. I am pleased to be an ambassador of the Bring The Noise campaign, introducing children all around the country to music, music making and the endless joy that comes with it.”
Dave Stewart from Eurythmics and YolanDa Brown at Royal Festival Hall
The most eclectic and absolutely awesome artists were assembled by the legend Dave Stewart for a special concert celebrating Eurythmics at Southbank Centre
Featuring Beverley Knight, Emeli Sande and more.
Congratulations to Nile Rodgers for the brilliant curation for the meltdown festival.
Evening Standard Feature- YolanDa Brown
How does she fit it all in? “I don’t have the answer… but if it’s in my iCalendar, it’s happening,” says Brown, showing me her iPhone’s meticulously colour-coded schedule. Family time is currently green and her daughter is yellow: “She’s got her own social calendar now.”
BBC NEWS - Music education 'creates more well-rounded people' YolanDa Brown
Jazz star YolanDa Brown says pressure must be brought to bear on politicians to understand the social benefits of music education.
In March, the BPI said English state schools have seen a 21% drop in music provision in the last five years.
"It's not just learning notes or ticking things we can get a grade in, it's part of our wellbeing," she said.
I News interview YolanDa Brown
“Whatever the barriers are, we’ll knock them down. It’s important for me to inspire and motivate the next generation of young musicians to achieve their potential”
YolanDa Brown New Voice of W TV Channel
UKTV is excited to announce YolanDa Brown as its new continuity announcer for premium entertainment channel, W. Watch W on: Sky 109 / 245, Virgin 124 / 191, BT 311 & TalkTalk 407
YolanDa Brown on BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends with Kiefer Sutherland and Bill Pullman
Nikki Bedi and YolanDa Brown are joined by Kiefer Sutherland, Bill Pullman and Andi Oliver for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Angélique Kidjo and Kiefer Sutherland.
YolanDa Brown presents podcasts celebrating 100 Years of Hilton
She interviews inspirational Team Members from across Hilton around the world to find out the secrets behind the award-winning Hilton teams and learn what motivates them to lead the way in hospitality for the next century.
Drake YolanDa Award 2019 Shortlist Chosen
The 10 winners of the 2019 prize were selected from over 200 entries to the new prize by a stellar panel of industry judges including celebrity choir master Gareth Malone OBE; music editor of The Independent Roisin O’Connor; X Factor winner Matt Cardle, Ben Earle from UK country band The Shires and chaired by YolanDa Brown
CBeebies Show Commissioned.
"YolanDa's Band Jam" Starting Jan 2019
Very Exciting News!!!
YolanDa Brown will be presenting her own show on CBeebies. It is a music show with 20 episodes, exploring tempo, rhythm, featuring lots of exciting guests, an awesome house band
Celebrity Mastermind - Watch YolanDa Brown brave the famous black chair
Watch Wed 2nd Jan on BBC One. John Humphrys puts four celebrities to the test in another episode of the Celebrity Mastermind.
Appointed Chair of biggest Music Eduction charity in the UK - Youth Music
Youth Music is excited to announce that YolanDa Brown has been appointed as the charity’s new Chair. She was selected following a wide-ranging recruitment process and will take up the role in January 2018.
BBC 2 Appearance for YolanDa Brown "Gareth Malone's All Star Music Quiz"
The team line-ups include former MP turned presenter, Ed Balls (on piano); Cold Feet and Fast Show star John Thomson (on drums); TV presenter and former JLS member JB Gill (on piano); comedian and actor Rob Rouse (on guitar and trumpet), Olivier Award-winning comedian Pippa Evans (on guitar) and yours truly YolanDa Brown on Saxophone!
BBC Radio 4 - Loose Ends
Amanda Abbington Interview
Clive Anderson and YolanDa Brown are joined by Don McLean, Amanda Abbington and In-Sook Chappell for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Kimmie Rhodes and The Magic Numbers.
Producer: Sukey Firth
Royal Festival Hall - YolanDa Brown 10 Year Anniversary
Epic concert at Royal Festival Hall celebrating YolanDa Brown's 10 Year Anniversary in music. With Special Guests: Dame Evelyn Glennie, Lemar and Randy Valentine.