Music Matters A WEEK OF MUSIC A WEEK OF MUSIC Monday 12th January AT Tuesday 13th January HARROGATE GRAMMAR SCHOOL 12th - 16th January 2015 Jazz Classical Wednesday 14th January Conducting Thursday 15th January Pop Friday 16th January Composing Music Matters A WEEK OF MUSIC From the 12th - 16th January 2015, Harrogate Grammar School will be home to a number of musical performances and workshops that celebrate the diversity, wonder and power of music. Monday 12th - Jazz Workshop Jazz pianists Pete Rosser and Charlie Wood and singer Jacqui Dankworth will run a workshop on improvisation followed by a performance Workshop: P03 1.00pm – 3.00pm. Performance: Library Theatre 4.00pm Tuesday 13th - Classical Workshop Cellist, Sally Pendlebury, gives an open rehearsal and answers questions on the art of playing chamber music Workshop: Library Theatre 4.00pm Wednesday 14th - Conducting a Score Workshop What does the person at the front holding a stick actually do? A workshop with conductor, Peter Selwyn, on what a conductor actually does! Workshop: Library Theatre 5.00pm Thursday 15th - Drum ‘n’ Bass Dexter Hercules, drummer, and Chris Dagger, bassist, give a workshop and performance on the world of Drum and Bass and playing and recording with bands Workshop: P03 2.00pm – 4.00pm Performance: Hall 4.30pm – 5.30pm Thursday 15th - Battle of the Bands Harrogate Grammar Schools annual Battle of the Bands Hall 7.00pm Friday 16th - Composing for Downton Composer John Lunn gives a talk about the working life of a composer and, in particular, composing for film and television Talk: Library Theatre 5.00pm Music Matters A WEEK OF MUSIC Dexter Hercules Dexter Hercules has been playing drums since the age of three and grew up musically playing in church, holding the drum chair from the age of 10. Now at the age of 23, Dexter has already many achievements that lead to him boasting a CV that many young drummers would be proud of. He has played with artists including Ronnie wood, Eliza Doolittle, Little Mix, JLS, Pixie Lott and Rita Ora. Chris Dagger Chris is one of the UKs greatest bass players. He has played for many top artists including Lianne La Havas and Eliza Doolittle. Jacqui Dankworth Jacqui is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic and effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui also draws on folk, soul and blues influences. Her voice has been described as “multi-faceted” and “incomparable” by The Times. John Lunn John’s music possesses a wonderfully unique voice that spans the spectrum of musical styles. Classically trained, yet contemporary in attitude, he combines a highly intelligent and sensitive approach, with a sound that always hits at the emotional heart of a piece. Matching the highest production values with a continual desire to discover new colours and sounds, it is not hard to see why John is continuously in such high demand. He is probably best known for scoring the hugely successful drama, Downton Abbey, for which he has received two EMMY AWARDS. He was also awarded the best TV score RTS Award in 2010. John was nominated for both a BAFTA and Ivor Novello award for his evocative score for Sky’s Going Postal, and was further nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Original Score for his wonderful music to the BBC Dickens adaptation, Little Dorrit. Amongst John’s classical works, his violin concerto was premiered by the London Sinfonietta and his two operas, Misper and Zoe were written for Glyndebourne. He wrote the opera, Mathematics Of a Kiss with Anthony Minghella and Orlando Gough for the English National Opera. Peter Selwyn Peter is an internationally acclaimed conductor who has worked at some of the world’s great opera houses. Over the past 20 years, he has conducted more than 50 operas worldwide, from London to Australia and Budapest to Singapore, for major companies including Welsh National Opera and Opera North, working at the Royal Opera and Bayreuth Festival and in a wide range of European companies. Sally Pendlebury A member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sally has performed and recorded with many of the great soloists and conductors of today. She was also a founder member of the Vellinger String Quartet which won the 1994 London International String Quartet Competition, and toured regularly throughout Europe, Japan and the USA. Sally is regularly invited to perform in festivals internationally and this year will participate in chamber music series’ in New York, San Francisco, Nurnberg and Graz. Sally often appears as guest principal cello with many British orchestras such as English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia. Music Matters A WEEK OF MUSIC Pete Rosser Pete is an experienced musician/composer, an eclectic accordionist and an effervescent pianist with years of inspiring musicians and non-musicians in a range of settings. He was a founder member of Tango Siempre (UK’s leading tango band), and current projects include Truffleshack (balkan/ tango/Irish duo),Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble (10-piece synth band playing Bach and more) andCaravanserai (balkan dance music), plus regular jazz gigs with singers Tina May and Helen Porter. As a workshop leader/community musician he has worked throughout the UK, and he also arranges and composes music for Faber Music, Schott Music and OUP. Charlie Wood Memphis born Charlie Wood started out playing keyboards for legendary blues guitarist Albert King in the ‘90s and has performed with, amongst others, BB King, Georgie Fame and Robert Plant. In October 2014, Wood became the 136th recipient of a Brass Note Beale Street, the Memphis equivalent of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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