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Tuesday, 02 March 2010
The Bolton School Joint Jazz band has been chosen to perform at the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival!
Every year in July, for more than two weeks, Montreux swings with great sounds in what is one of the most prestigious festivals in the world, and this year Bolton School musicians will be a part of it!
Switzerland is world famous for its Jazz Festival, which is held annually at the Montreux Music and Convention Centre on the shores of Lake Geneva. The Festival began in 1967 and is one of the oldest Festivals in the world, celebrating its 44 years in 2010. Originally it featured almost exclusively jazz artists but today it presents artists of nearly every imaginable music style and attracts an audience of more than 200,000 people. It is aimed at professional and semi professional musicians and over the years has played host to an endless list of stars including Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Massive Attack, Sting, Simply Red, BB King, Status Quo, James Brown, R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Alicia Keys, Paolo Nutini and The Black Eyed Peas to name a few! The 2010 full line up will be announced in April.
The jazz band were chosen to perform at the festival after submitting an audition CD which consisted of a compilation of their best works so far, along with biographies and example programme lists. They will leave school for Montreaux on Wed 7th July and stay for three nights, performing one concert at the festival. The pupils are then going on to perform at Disneyland Paris on the 12th July.
Bolton School has a strong tradition of music making and the Joint Jazz Band is one of many thriving ensembles at the school. In 2004 music teacher Miss Fiona Berry formed a Jazz Band in the Girls' Division and this grew to such an extent that the Joint Jazz Band was later formed. Members are now drawn from both the Girls' and Boys' Divisions of the school by invitation only.
I am delighted that the students have earned a place at such a prestigious festival - it is a tremendous achievement! The band has flourished in recent years performing to a wide range of audiences from private functions including weddings and corporate dinners, to school concerts, including their outstanding performance at the Bridgewater Hall in the gala concert. They have a diverse repertoire and enjoy playing a variety of genres from swing and jazz classics to original Latin, funk and blues charts. My aim is to inspire and excite these young musicians of today who pave the way for the music of tomorrow.
Miss Fiona Berry
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