Wonderful Photos from Carl Hyde .Thank you!
St.Georges is another Hawksmoor designed church, and it has an amazing history. It is connected to both Emily Davison (suffragette) and legendary leader Haile Selassie (who attended in the 1930s) , and is one of six in London alone. It has a four second plus natural reverb, which of course becomes a very important member of the band! http://www.stgeorgesbloomsbury.org.uk/history.htm Thanks to this wonderful series – designed by the recent incarnation of the Jazz Warriors – and Cleveland Watkiss and Orphy Robinson in particular – the format of the evening moved from solos , duos and then to trio. Tonight also featured the awesome flautist Professor Roland Sutherland, and extraordinary Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale. The seminal playwright Bonnie Greer OBE- who recently became new Chancellor of Kingston University – was both hosting and reciting poetry. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/news/article/831/05-mar-2013-usborn-writer-bonnie-greer-obe-marks-new-role-as-kingston-university-chancellor-with-call-for/
The lunchtime piano recital has a long history, and it was great to visit and perform at a theatre on a campus that was new to me. The Mumford is ideally suited to this format. There seems a great genre spread of music studies there, and members of staff with a wide range of specialist interests – world, classical , improvising and electronic. The Steinway B piano in the theatre was quite mellow, with a big dynamic range and no super bite on its highest register. A surprisingly large stage but a very tight acoustic. A brilliant range of ages attended (from 8months to 80+!) – and a great turnout with that. Forty five minutes was always going to fly by. Love the printed programme Hannah put together too. Great to meet Peter Blandford from Cambridge Jazz And David Ellingham from the Jazz Co-op. Thanks to Alan Ross for the co-organising (and hope we actually meet next time!). And to Sarah Ellen-Hughes for the original link!