NOFA meets Tomorrow’s Warriors


During the Easter Holidays, Tomorrow’s Warriors have enjoyed an incredibly successful project working with the National Orchestra for All (NOFA) and culminating in a classical-meets-jazz extravaganza at a packed Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music. Sixteen Junior and Youth Warriors joined forces with NOFA and players from Kuumba Youth Music and Junior Academy to form an 80+ strong orchestra to perform a mixed programme including work by Grieg, Bernstein and Duke Ellington.

The full orchestra only met for the first time the day before, yet the sound they created was nothing less than incredible. Youth Warrior Joe Linton was invited to speak as part of the concert, and said “It’s great to play in such a huge orchestra, it’s been a really fun few days. I’ve met loads of other young people with a passion for music, who are good musicians and nice people to!”

The concert finale saw our own Peter Edwards conduct the World Premiere of ’1001 Nights - in Havana’ by Nathan Theodoulou. This was a specially adapted re-write of a piece that Nathan had previously scored for NOFA and really showcased how jazz and classical music could blend to create something quite extraordinary. Tomorrow’s Warrior Nubya Garcia was the featured soloist and clearly loved every second! As the musicians bounced off stage it was obvious what a great time they had all had during the project. Artistic Director Gary Crosby was also beaming; “Two days isn’t much time even for top professionals to get it together…I expected it to be good, but not THAT good!!”

We are very excited what the future might hold for further projects between NOFA and Tomorrow’s Warriors. We would also like to say a huge well done to all the young musicians who took part, particularly to some of our Junior Warriors who were performing with us for the first time. You all did yourselves proud!!!



Finding new and innovative ways to deliver Arts Award

Sam Barnett Silver Arts Award

One of the many offers we make to members of Tomorrow’s Warriors is the opportunity to undertake Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Awards, and so we were delighted to be invited to write a guest post and share practice with colleagues in the arts sector via bridge organisation, A New Direction‘s blog.

Finding new and innovative ways to deliver Arts Award | A New Direction.

Safe And Sound in the hands of Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards Safe and Sound

We’re thrilled and delighted to see Peter Edwards launching his fantastic Trio’s debut album, Safe And Sound at PizzaExpress Dean Street on Saturday 5 April at 1.00pm. It’s yet another ‘first‘ from this super-talented pianist/composer.

Having come up through the ranks of Tomorrow’s Warriors through our programme of weekly jam sessions back in the day, Peter was our first intern when we moved to our first office in 2003. Since then, it’s been our massive pleasure to watch him grow as an artist, band leader and composer/arranger, becoming the reason Tomorrow’s Warriors created its first orchestrasTomorrow’s Warriors Youth Orchestra and Nu Civilisation Orchestra – and for which Peter became, and still is, our first musical director.

A wonderful pianist highly respected by his peers, joined by the very eloquent Moses Boyd (drums) and Max Luthert (double bass), you really must get along to the album launch - Saturday 5 April at 1.00pm. After getting ‘Thumped’ by Yazz Ahmed’s Quintette this week, you’ll be pleased to know you’ll be Safe And Sound in the hands of the Peter Edwards Trio! Guaranteed superbness!

Expect acoustic interplay, infectious rhythms and memorable melodies that will keep you on the very edge of your seat from the first note to the last.