On Tuesday 21 April the young musicians at Truro School performed in the annual Jazz Concert.
The event, which showcased the school’s talent, included pupils from every year group with students aged between 11 and 18. In keeping with tradition the concert opened with the Junior Jazz Orchestra, who kicked off the evening with the famous Duke Ellington number Take the A Train. As ever, the first half also contained small groups of instruments from the Saxophone Ensemble and Flute Choir to the Guitar Group and Samba Band, reflecting the diversity and hard work of many peripatetic music staff.
As ever, the second half was given over exclusively to the Senior Jazz Orchestra, who once again performed a wide range of jazz from the 1930s through to the present day. Bromley Hurn’s performance of God Bless the Child (pictured below) celebrating one hundred years since the birth of legendary singer Billie Holiday was particularly haunting.
It was, however, Bassist Joe Lee of the Upper Sixth ,in his last concert before leaving the school to study Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, who brought the house down with his solo in a small group’s rendition of Billy Strayhorn’s Chelsea Bridge. He was ably supported by the versatile Matt Shaw (Alto) and rhythmic maestro Toby Copeland (Drums) along with Mr Latarche (piano). The skills that have resulted in Joe obtaining a place at the UK’s top Jazz educational establishment, were evident to all who were fortunate enough to be listening.
Jazz is undoubtedly alive and well amongst the young people of Truro School.