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Musical match made in Manchester

Chetham's and Band on the Wall come together under one roof

Published on June 24th 2010.


Musical match made in Manchester

Two of Manchester’s most famous musical institutions, Chetham’s School of Music and Band on the Wall, are coming together for their first ever performance on June 29, courtesy of Inner City Music.

Formed in 1990, Chetham’s Big Bands are well known on the national jazz scene. They have won many awards including the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Competition, the Gold Award at the Boosey and Hawkes National Concert Band Festival, on numerous occasions and the Junior Section of the BBC Radio 2 Big Band of the Year Competition in 1996, 2000 and 2005.

The world renowned music school, whose classically trained students are regulars at the Bridgewater Hall and Royal Northern College of Music, will play a night of jazz at the Northern Quarter venue.

The debut performance at the Band on the Wall features both Chetham’s Big Bands and a number of the School’s award winning Jazz Ensembles when students will present an evening of charts such as; Two Seconds to Midnight - Alan Baylock, Always and Forever - Pat Metheny, Chameleon - Herbie Hancock and The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan.

Formed in 1990, Chetham’s Big Bands are well known on the national jazz scene. They have won many awards including the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Competition, the Gold Award at the Boosey and Hawkes National Concert Band Festival, on numerous occasions and the Junior Section of the BBC Radio 2 Big Band of the Year Competition in 1996, 2000 and 2005.

Chetham's Big Bands and Jazz Ensembles have also worked with eminent jazz musicians such as Don Lusher, Bobby Shew, Gwilym Simcock, Mark Nightingale, Jiggs Wigham, John Dankworth, and Tim Garland.

While Chetham’s School of Music is famous within concert halls across the UK, this is the first time students from the school have played at the famous Band on the Wall in the Northern Quarter.

The School has already made a new mark on the city this year as the first phase of construction works for the School’s £36million new building gets underway, which will provide two performance spaces including a full orchestral auditorium with 400 seats.

Claire Hickman, head of Chetham’s, said: “Our students play some of the country’s most prestigious concert halls but they are really excited to play at Band on The Wall. This independent venue will provide them a different atmosphere and a new type of audience. We can’t wait to show the audience what they can do.”

Jazz at Band on the Wall

Tuesday June 29, 2010 – Band on the Wall, Manchester

Admissions: £8

Booking Information: 0845 2 500 500 / www.bandonthewall.org

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