Music Matters - Harrogate Grammar School

Music Matters
Monday 12th January
Tuesday 13th January
12th - 16th January 2015
Wednesday 14th January
Thursday 15th January
Friday 16th January
Music Matters
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
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
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
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.