They flew us to the moon

Chair­man of the Amer­sham Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic re­views the Jazz Con­cert on April 17

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THERE was a packed hall for the Jazz con­cert given by Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School Jazz Band and the Na­tional Youth Jazz Orches­tra’s Sex­tet (NYJO). This fol­lowed an af­ter­noon where the boys of the school jazz band took part in a twohour work­shop led by Mark Arm­strong who is NYJO’s artis­tic and mu­si­cal direc­tor.

This was part of the sup­port for young peo­ple’s mu­sic-mak­ing which Amer­sham Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic pro­vides. Mark worked with the band on pieces from their reper­toire, giv­ing them top tips on im­pro­vi­sa­tion and how to achieve a so­phis­ti­cated jazz style. The NYJO mem­bers played along­side the boys as fel­low mu­si­cians and it was easy to see the in­spi­ra­tion and ad­mi­ra­tion be­tween the two.

The evening con­cert was shared be­tween per­for­mances by each group and some col­lab­o­ra­tive items. Dr Chal­loner’s Jazz Band was di­rected by Matthew Tans­ley, head of mu­sic at the school.

There is no doubt that Matthew has made the band one of the best school jazz bands. Their big band sound was bold and au­then­tic across var­i­ous styles from funk to swing. From ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ to ‘Night of the Mo­jito’ the au­di­ence were cap­ti­vated by their skill and mu­si­cian­ship – es­pe­cially from such young play­ers. The fu­ture of jazz is safe in their hands.

NYJO sex­tet fea­tur­ing Mark Arm­strong (trum­pet), David Healy (sax), Owen Daw­son (trom­bone), Joe Daw­son (bass), David Dyson (drums) and Ru­pert Cox (pi­ano) were su­perb. Their skil­ful im­pro­vi­sa­tions and sen­si­tive en­sem­ble play­ing made the au­di­ence catch their breath as they lis­tened to each piece un­fold. Both en­sem­bles were well re­ceived, with re­peated shouts for ‘More, More’ at the end of the evening.

APOP­U­LAR ballet com­pany is bring­ing its new an­niver­sary show to Bucks.

Vi­enna Fes­ti­val Ballet cel­e­brate 35 years with its 35th An­niver­sary Gala, which is com­ing to The El­giva, in St Mary’s Way, Che­sham, on Sun­day, May 10 at 3pm.

The com­pany will present high­lights from the world’s most beloved Tchaikovsky bal­lets which have fea­tured in its reper­toire over the past 35 years.

High­lights will in­clude the mo­ment when the Swan Queen meets her prince in Act 2 Swan Lake, the Dance of the Cygnets, Clara’s jour­ney to a glit­ter­ing land of snow in The Nutcracker, and the fa­mous Rose Ada­gio from Sleep­ing Beauty, where Princess Aurora is in­tro­duced to four princes.

Vi­enna Fes­ti­val Ballet’s re­flec­tion on 35 years of per­form­ing clas­si­cal bal­lets all over the world, will take you on an un­for­get­table jour­ney through the best of ballet in one mag­i­cal af­ter­noon.

Tick­ets cost £19 (full), £17 (conc) and £68 (fam­ily, two adults and two chil­dren).

For tick­ets call 01494 582 900 or visit www.el­giva.com.

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