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Grantham school Jazz Nite will feature a world premiere




Jazz fans are invited to attend a special ‘musical spectacular’ at St Wulfram’s Church next Friday (January 31).

The annual King’s School Jazz Nite is the highlight of the music department’s year and it is returning to St Wulfram’s Church after a successful move last year to allow more people to purchase tickets.

This year the event will be very special as it will include a world premiere of ‘A King for A Day’ written by renowned jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins, that has been commissioned by the music department for the senior big band.

King's School Big Band (27243272)
King's School Big Band (27243272)

King’s School director of music Matt Lond said: "We approached Dennis earlier in the year to write a piece of music for the senior big band with the intention of giving the premiere at Jazz Nite this year. We received the piece just before the New Year. Dennis Rollins then visited the school at the start of term to rehearse the piece and work with the students, focusing on the new piece and other pieces that we are going to perform on the evening."

After working with the students, Dennis Rollins said: "Having worked in youth big band education for over 30 years, it’s always a pleasure to witness a group of young musicians who perform with such dedication and show a maturity way beyond their years. The King's School Big Band, expertly directed by Matt Lond, really do create musical fireworks."

Jazz Nite is the most popular event in the music department’s calendar, for which the students work very hard to put on a concert of a very high musical standard. It includes performances from the school’s big bands, soul bands, brass ensemble and many student-led ensembles, as well as a band from KGGS and Grantham Music Centre.

The church will be transformed into an intimate jazz club for the evening. There will also be a bar and snacks will be available to purchase during the evening.

All profits will go towards the school’s music department to buy more music equipment for the students to use.

Doors open at 6.30pm and the music starts at 7pm.

Tickets cost £12 each and can be purchased in advance only from the King’s School office. Call 01476 563180 or email admin@kings.lincs.sch.uk


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