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Guildford Jazz Festival 2020

Guildford Jazz Festival 2020 Flyer

Guildford Jazz ‘s  three day music festival runs from March 20-22 at Guildford’s Electric Theatre and features a wide spectrum of jazz, funk and latin grooves. 

The festival opens on Friday 20th March with a celebration of local young jazz talent  and a concert by Surrey Young Jazz Musicians of the Year.  Tickets for this event are only £8 for adults and free for young people aged 16 or under.  

The festival is a first for Guildford Jazz,  which has been arranging regular sell out monthly jazz gigs since 2011 . Its founder,  local bass player Marianne Windham comments: ”The festival represents a celebration of all that Guildford Jazz is about: bringing the finest UK jazz musicians to Guildford to play a wide spectrum of accessible music in a friendly club  like atmosphere. There is something for everyone in the programme whether you are just looking for great live music or are a committed jazzer”.  

All profits from the festival go to local charity Guildford Philanthropy which helps local residents disadvantaged by disability, mental health issues, poor education or caring responsibilities. 

The festival represents an excellent opportunity to inspire young people to develop their musical talents by experiencing the finest live jazz.  

Headlining the festival will be ECM recording artist and internationally recognised saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy. 

Other major artists  appearing at JazzFest ’20 include: 

  • The renowned trombonist Dennis Rollins and his Velocity Trio: a  simmering jazz, funk and world music roller coaster 
  • The Mark Nightingale/Alan Barnes/Steve Waterman Sextet playing a tribute to the music of Henry Mancini including Clark Tracey on drums
  • Virtuoso guitarist Nicolas Meier World Group,  one of the rising stars in a vibrant British jazz scene and “an unconditional must for connoisseurs of Jazz-World Fusion” (Adam Baruch)
  • Latin Jazz Salsa band Heads South featuring Steve Waterman, combining Cuban and other Latin Rhythms   
  • Award winning pianist David Newton playing duos alongside jazz impresario Alan Barnes  
  • Renowned jazz vocalist and pianist Pete Churchill 
  • Gareth Williams, one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists, featuring in both the Sextet and as a live accompanist to the 1929 Buster Keaton classic,  Steamboat Bill Jr.

Alongside sets from leading UK jazz artists,  the festival features: 

  • a talk organised in conjunction with West Surrey Arts Society on the early history of jazz by from broadcaster and bass player Sandy Burnett which might be of particular interest to those doing GCSE music 
  • A New Orleans Dixie Jazz lunch from clarinet maestro Duncan Batchelor and his quartet
  • a number of community events including a jazz vocal workshop 

More details about the festival can be found on the web at  https://guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/ 

Booking for individual gigs and day and weekend festival passes  is now open through the Electric Theatre Box Office athttps://electric.theatre/

More information about Guildford Jazz , who run two regular gigs a month featuring national jazz artists at the Electric Theatre and Guildford Rugby Club at Broadwater, can be found at its web site at https://guildfordjazz.org.uk.

I SPEAK MUSIC COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA JOIN HUNDREDS ON STAGE TO COMMEMORATE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

I speak music - celebrating diversity in Surrey through music

The Surrey based I Speak Music Community Orchestra are thrilled to have been invited to perform at the Singing Our Lives concert at London’s Union Chapel. The iconic venue opens its doors for this special night of music on Sunday 26 January 2020.

This special night of music features hundreds of performers onstage to celebrate the power of uniting with one another through music and song. This evening is the culmination of the ground breaking Singing Our Lives project, which has brought together people from local UK, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to co-create and perform new music together.

Hosted by Jumoké Fashola, the concert brings together members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, the Sing for Freedom Choir, the Mixed up Chorus, the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, the Mind & Soul Choir, the Citizens of the World Choir, I Speak Music Community Orchestra, and special guests.

Jim Pinchen, Project Manager of the I Speak Music Community Orchestra said “Singing Our Lives has been an inspirational project for our Orchestra to be part of. It has provided a unique opportunity for local residents and residents who have recently been displaced from their country of birth to share music, food, culture and to form new and lasting friendships. In showcasing our work alongside other groups on 26 January it allows often marginalised voices to be heard as they unite with one another.”

Singing our Lives is performed by Together Productions in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The International Organization for Migration, the Royal Opera House and Kinetika.

I Speak Music Community Orchestra welcomes people from any background who are aged 14+ to join the group designed to celebrate Surrey’s diverse communities, bringing participants together to take part in creative music workshops and events.

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For more information and to book tickets for Singing Our Lives visit – https://www.unionchapel.org.uk/event/26-01-2020-singing-our-lives/

If you are interested in finding out more about the I Speak Music Community Orchestra email mona4youthmusic@gmail.com

I Speak Music is supported by Surrey Arts and Surrey Music Hub and is funded by Arts Council England.

Piano Exam Performance Workshops

This March, Surrey Arts are holding performance workshops for students who are taking piano exams this term.

Students will have the opportunity to play two of their exam pieces to the group as well as evaluate each other’s performances. We’ll be playing various musical games all intended to build confidence when performing, as well as discussing strategies to overcome nerves.

£15 per student
1.00 – 3.00pm
Sunday 1 or 8 March 2020

To book your place please register online.

For further information please contact miriam.hepburn@surreycc.gov.uk

New Partnership Introduces Jazz and Improvisation to Surrey Schools

Surrey Arts and the Cheryl King (Hirst) Trust is delighted to partner with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) in the delivery of an exciting opportunity for schools in the county. NYJO will be visiting around 12 local schools (both primary and secondary) in March 2020, for a series of performances and workshops designed to introduce children and young people to jazz and improvisation, inspire them to take up instruments and grow the confidence of young musicians. In these sessions, NYJO musicians will work with your students to lift the lid on jazz –addressing the fundamentals such as groove, playing by ear and improvisation. In both primaries and secondaries the performance or workshop will be tailored to your group. The workshops are being planned for the week commencing 23 March 2020

  • One half-day afternoon workshop in school led by a NYJO Associate Educator, with vast experience of delivering jazz workshops, supported by five NYJO Ambassadors (young members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra who are receiving training in workshop leading);   
  • NYJO workshops are designed to cater for young musicians across the whole range of technical levels and experience and should enhance musical understanding in general as well as improve specific jazz knowledge. 
  • NYJO will discuss and work with individual schools to tailor a bespoke workshop according to the technical level and experience of the young people taking part;    
  • For up to 30 students.

  • A performance / presentation by the NYJO Associate Educator and the NYJO Ambassadors as a sextet  
  • For large groups (e.g. in the school hall / performance theatre)  
  • These sessions will take the form of an interactive concert, getting the whole class grooving.  
  • The aim is to introduce children to jazz and hopefully inspire them to take up instruments either in primary or secondary school  
  • Primary performances will take place in the morning.
  • Please note : – NYJO visiting musicians can provide all the equipment they require. – There is support from NYJO available if you are developing or setting up an improvising ensemble within your school. 
  • Surrey Arts will work with your school to help ensure that children inspired by NYJO can take up relevant instruments and receive appropriate tuition

  • Provide an enthusiastic audience and suitable group(s) of young musicians to take part. 
  • Provide equipment to enable your young musicians to participate (if applicable). 
  • Pay a modest fee of £ 50 for the primary school performances and
  • £150 for the secondary school workshops   
  • Respond to subsequent evaluation surveys 
  • Signpost participants towards instrument lessons and local jazz activities and educational opportunities

Next steps If you would like to take part, please contact Alex Bondonno by email on alex.bondonno@surreycc.gov.uk before 17 January. Please indicate any times in the week of 23 March that would not work for your school. (but please be as flexible as possible to aid programming) If you would like to take part but cannot make the week of 23 March, We would still like to hear from you.

Last few places available for Primary Music Festivals 2020

Primary Music Festivals are a series of concerts that have run in Surrey for over 25 years. They are highly regarded events in the school calendar with close to 100 schools taking part each year, joining forces to perform to packed audiences of parents and the general public at venues such as Dorking Halls. Many schools have sung with us for several years and some of the concerts are already full. However there are a few spaces left and we welcome applications from Primary Schools to join us in the 2020 concerts. If you have not joined us before and are considering joining for the first time we encourage you to take that step: in 2020 Surrey Arts is providing a vocal specialist to support a limited number of schools that would like some help in getting to know the music. We appreciate how difficult it can be to organise and staff the rehearsals and we hope that this may go some way to help. Our music co-ordinator, George Jones has responded to popular demand in programming ‘Jake and the Right Genie’ by Richard and Thomas Allain for the 2020 series of concerts.

2020 Festivals

Woking/Godalming/North Surrey Primary Music Festival – Monday 23 March 2020

  • Dorking Halls, Dorking

Mole Valley Primary Music Festival – Monday 27 April 2020

  • Dorking Halls, Dorking

South East Primary Music Festival – Tuesday 5 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

Mid Surrey Primary Music Festival – Thursday 7 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

Epsom and Ewell Primary Music Festival – Monday 18 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls

Elmbridge Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 20 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

West Surrey Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 3 June 2020

  • Princes Hall, Aldershot
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

Surrey Borders Primary Music Festival – Monday 15 June 2020

  • Dorking Halls

East Surrey Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 17 June 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

Surrey Arts Ensembles Booked for Festive Season

Surrey Arts ensembles boast some of the best young musicians in the county. With over 50 ensembles to join for a range of musical instruments and singing there is something for everyone. With Christmas approaching there is a chance to see some of these ensembles in concert:

16 November – 3pm Cranleigh bands Cranleigh Christmas lights switch on

17 November – 3pm Surrey County Youth Orchestra and Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra Winter Concert St Catherine’s School, Bramley

24 November – 3pm South West Ensembles Winter Concert St Catherine’s School, Bramley

28 November – 5pm Reigate String Orchestra Christmas Concert St Bede’s School, Redhill

28 November – 8pm Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra Winter Concert Chertsey Hall

29 November – 7pm Just So Singers – Rockin’ Christmas Concert Guildford United Reformed Church

2 December – 6pm Cranleigh Bands Christmas Concert Cranleigh Bandroom

3 December – 5pm Piano Concert St Jude’s School, Englefield Green

6 December – 7.30pm Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra Concert George Abbot School, Guildford

7 December – 10am South West Surrey Concert Band Christmas Concert Broadwater School, Farncombe

7 December – 11am North Surrey Winds and Crafty Clarinets Christmas Concert Matthew Arnold School, Staines

7 December – TBC Woking Wind Orchestra Christmas Concert Church of the Good Shepherd, Pyrford

11 December – 7pm Surrey Youth Choir and Surrey Youth Training Choir Christmas Concert with A Tempi and Da Capo Strings Christ Church, Woking

12 December – 7pm Blast Off and SESAW Christmas Concert Reigate Park Church

12 December – TBC North Surrey Strings and Guitars Christmas Concert St Paul’s, Egham Hythe

13 & 14 December – 7.30pm Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra Christmas Concert High Cross Church, Camberley

14 December – 12.30pm SCPE and SPARC Christmas Concert at Burpham Church

16 December – 6pm Mid Surrey Wind Band Christmas Concert St Paul’s Church, Dorking

For further information about these concerts and how to get tickets please email alison.harding@surreycc.gov.uk

Singing Bugs moves to Woking Library

Surrey Arts singing ensemble for 4 – 8 years olds, Singing Bugs, is moving to Woking Library from Saturday 9 November. The move from Woking Youth Arts Centre in Knaphill where Surrey Arts teach many music lessons including violin, guitar, clarinet and piano, is a great opportunity to develop music in the centre of Woking with the library.

The ensemble uses singing rhymes and musical games so children become aware of pitch, pulse, rhythm, volume and speed. Children learn the musical skills of listening, singing in tune and inner hearing while having fun and making friends. Classes use resources from the Jolly Music syllabus which is based on the principles of Hungarian teacher and composer Kodaly.

The ensemble takes place on Saturday mornings during term time Junior Bugs, 9.40 – 10.20am for 4 – 6 year olds and Senior Bugs, 9.40 – 10.40am for 7 – 8 year olds. The first term is free and £66 thereafter.

To join Singing Bugs please email surreyartsmusic@surreycc.gov.uk.

New partnership creates opportunities for young guitarists

Educational not-for-profit organisation, Musical Futures is working with family run musical instrument retailer Andertons Music Co. to support Surrey Music Hub with a new music project that will aid more young people in Surrey to learn the guitar. 

Fran Hannan, Managing Director of Musical Futures said, “We are delighted to have been able to connect Surrey Arts with Andertons Music Co to facilitate a generous donation of electric guitars to support the new guitar programme at Surrey Arts.  We hope that that the instruments, coupled with our Musical Futures interactive resources for guitar, will help more children to enjoy making music together.”

Surrey Arts Head of Service, Sarah Lee said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Surrey to experience learning the guitar. We are delighted to be working with Andertons Music Co. and Musical Futures to provide the resources for high quality learning across the county.”

Jack Cooper, Digital Manager for Andertons Music Co. said “We’ve always tried to positively impact those close to home, helping to make music more accessible where possible.” 

New Head of Service at Surrey Arts

Surrey Arts are delighted to welcome their new Head of Service, Sarah Lee. Sarah was previously Head of Service at Kingston Music Service for 10 years where she undertook a total service transformation increasing the number of people accessing activities and improving the profile of the service. Sarah has a broad range of experience in the Music Education Sector having previously worked as both a classroom and peripatetic teacher.

Sarah says, ‘I am passionate about providing our community with high quality and engaging Arts education and am excited about leading Surrey Arts into the next chapter. I am keen to help shape the future vision for the service so that we have a clear sense of direction and I want to engage with our stakeholders to design our services and activities around their needs. I am passionate about ensuring everyone in the organisation has a voice and can contribute to our strategic development so that we provide the best outcomes for our communities.’

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