JUL 00] COVENTRY
AND WARWICKSHIRE PROMOTIONS NEWS
Jazz Finds Celestial Home In Coventry
Holy Trinity Church is to make its debut as a jazz venue next month,
while young musicians are being invited to wow the crowds at the Hotel
14th century building, crowned by one of the city's famous three
spires, will be the setting for an afternoon concert featuring top
British jazz musicians Steve Lodder and Mark Ramsden on 26 August, as
part of the Marconi Coventry Jazz Festival.
trained organist Lodder and saxophone star Ramsden will be playing
music from their acclaimed Above the Clouds album, which blends the
themes of contemporary jazz and early music.
Trinity's church organ, parts of which are more than 100 years old,
will be used for the event, which is free to the public and begins at
David Urquhart, vicar of Holy Trinity, said:
is the first time that Holy Trinity has participated in the jazz
festival and we were delighted to be approached.
is a building with a long musical history - we have records for the
organ in Holy Trinity going back more than 400 years and our stained
glass windows feature many musical instruments.
very pleased that this event is happening in the daytime and we hope
that it will attract a great many people."
young jazz musicians in the area are being invited to take part in a
series of workshops culminating in a special gig at the Hotel Leofric.
hotel in Broadgate has a long history of jazz music, and anyone under
30 with an interest in jazz, their own instrument and some ability is
being invited to get involved.
free workshops will be held on consecutive days from 22 to 24 August
between 10am and 3pm at a venue in Coventry to be announced.
will lead to a live performance at Leofric on 24 August, just before
an evening concert featuring young British sax star Denys Baptiste and
vocalist Juliet Roberts.
must be under the age of 30, be able to play a bit and possess their
own instrument. They must
also be interested in playing with other musicians and together
writing a piece of original music.
workshops supported by West Midlands Arts, follow a similar initiative
at last year's festival, which led to 18 musicians, some as young as
16, performing at an afternoon gig in Castle Yard.
year's sessions will be run by four musician tutors from Coventry's
Centre for the Performing Arts - Owen Dutton, Dick Stafford, Steve
Thomas and Carl Taylor.
leader Owen Dutton, who's also a member of the festival organising
of the top young musicians playing today, like Denys Baptiste, came
up through this kind of project.
workshops extend the opportunities young people have for composing
and playing together at school.
looking for young people who can play but want the challenge of an
exciting live performance. The aim is to have fun."
must register for workshop beforehand by contacting Owen Dutton on
01788 810147 or write to festival co-ordinator Mick Emerson at
Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions, 1 Castle Yard, off Hay Lane,
Coventry, CV1 5RF.
tickets and information about the festival, contact Coventry Tourist
Information Centre at Bayley Lane on 024 7683 2303/2304.