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Meeting Of Mines

Music written as a tribute to Warwickshire’s 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 city’s much expanded jazz festival.

The free afternoon concert, in the porch of the new cathedral, brings together the composer’s group, the Steve Tayton Quartet, and Coventry Rolls Royce band, one of the country’s 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 cathedral’s 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 he’s found the ideal partners.

It’s 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 reservations.


"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.

Coventry’s 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 institutions.

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