|[18 MAY 99]
COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE PROMOTIONS PRESS RELEASE
Meeting Of Mines
Music written as a tribute
to Warwickshires vanishing mining industry will bring jazz and brass together in a
highly unusual collaboration in Coventry this summer.
"Dark to Light" penned by Arley-based jazz saxophonist Steve Tayton, will
receive only its second public performance on Sunday 29 August as part of the citys
much expanded jazz festival.
The free afternoon concert, in the porch of the new cathedral, brings together the
composers group, the Steve Tayton Quartet, and Coventry Rolls Royce band, one of the
countrys most successful brass bands.
Written last year for the north Warwickshire coalfield Face to Face community arts
project, the music sets an optimistic tone well suited to the cathedrals ministry of
peace and reconciliation. And in the Rolls Royce band, founded 50 years ago and now
enjoying unprecedented success under musical director Dave Lea, Tayton says hes
found the ideal partners.
Its another confirmed booking for the festival, which is being organised by local
jazz promoters and co-ordinated by Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions. Georgie Fame and
King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys have already been signed up for the four-day event,
which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Ring Coventry Tourist Information centre on 01203 832303 for festival ticket
"Dark to Light" was premiered in March this year
at Polesworth Abbey in north Warwickshire. Of the 17 pits that have worked the
Warwickshire coalfield, only one, Daw Mill colliery survives.
Coventrys Rolls Royce Band were crowned Champions of
great Britain in 1995 and have twice been named Midlands champions. The band tour widely
in Britain and abroad and have released 3 CDs within the past four years.
Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions is an independent
"not-for-profit" company set up to promote the city region of Coventry and
Warwickshire. Its core funding derives from Coventry City Council, and it is also
supported financially by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Training and
Enterprise, the European Regional Development Fund and by more than 100 enterprises and