About us

Set up by Jon James, we're a group of professional musicians and educators with a mission of inspiring creativity through our gigs and workshops. We work across all musical styles.

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The Spider sound:

Acoustic, lyrical, delicious textures, often mellow, sometimes groove-based, always improvisatory. Influences range from Sudanese rhythms to Coltrane, Reich and Scriabin. 


We work alongside any group looking to develop their creative skills. It could be schoolchildren wanting to compose, conservatoire students wanting to development their improvisation, or a dance troupe wanting to throw new shapes. Let's talk.

Line-up includes:

Jonathan James - Keys

Harriet Riley - Marimba/


Nick Malcom - Trumpet

Sophie Wilsdon - Clarinet

Alex Pearson - Double Bass

Greg Sterland - Saxophone