Tomorrow’s Warriors & Turner Sims partnership a winner in New Music Biennial

Kevin Appleby with Janine Irons and Gary Crosby of Tomorrow's Warriors

A winning team! Tomorrow’s Warriors directors, Janine Irons MBE and Gary Crosby OBE with Kevin Appleby of Turner Sims (Photo by Gerry Walden Imaging)

Much excitement in the Tomorrow’s Warriors office with news today that PRS for Music Foundation has selected our Nu Civilisation Orchestra project with Peter Edwards – A Journey With The Giants Of Jazz that we are co-producing with our partners, Turner Sims – as one of twenty commissions for the New Music Biennial 2017!

The New Music Biennial 2017 is a PRS for Music Foundation initiative which is presented in partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017, London’s Southbank Centre and BBC Radio 3. The winning commissions present a snapshot of contemporary music in the UK including ten brand new works (of which the Turner Sims commission is one) and ten pre-existing works that have been composed within the last 15 years. The New Music Biennial includes new music from across all genres: from classical and chamber opera to jazz, folk, electronic and music for brass band and organ.

Kevin Appleby, Concert Hall Manager at Turner Sims had a big smile on his face this morning as he announced:

I’m delighted that Turner Sims Southampton will be part of the New Music Biennial 2017. The initiative is an opportunity not only for us to present a new work from a composer with whom we have built up strong links over many years but also to collaborate with our Associate Artists Tomorrow’s Warriors. The performances by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra as part of our established and diverse jazz programme promise to be very special indeed.

All of us at Tomorrow’s Warriors are absolutely thrilled to be working again with Peter Edwards and Kevin and his team, and echo his belief that this project will be very special indeed!

About Peter Edwards

Many of you will be aware of Peter Edwards but, for those less familiar, he is an award-winning pianist, composer and bandleader whose ‘soulful music…[is] full of emphatic chording, Latin grooves and romantic, cinematic themes’ (Guardian). In 2015 he was the Parliamentary Jazz Awards ‘Newcomer Of The Year’ and was among the nominees for the 2015 Jazz FM ‘Breakthrough Artist’ award. His debut album, Safe And Sound was in MOJO’s top 10 jazz albums of 2014.

Image: Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards – Tomorrow’s Warriors music leader and musical director of the Nu Civilisation Orchestra

Peter has had a long association with Tomorrow’s Warriors, starting out as the organisation’s first intern in 2003, and joining the Tomorrow’s Warriors Young Artist Development Programme in 2005 which gave him the opportunity to sharpen his performance and compositional skills under the guidance of our artistic director, Gary Crosby OBE. Today Peter is a stalwart of the Tomorrow’s Warriors Music Leader Faculty and musical director of the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, an orchestra created for Peter by Gary in 2009 to re-create Duke Ellington’s The Queen’s Suite in support of his Masters in Jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.

You’ll have a chance to hear more of Peter’s music quite soon as he recently finished recording his second trio album, A Matter of Instinct which is scheduled for release in 2016 -keep your eyes and ears peeled!

Peter’s piece for the NCO, A Journey With The Giants Of Jazz looks at the year 1917, a defining year for jazz that saw the birth of some of the most influential jazz artists including composer ‘Tadd’ Dameron, singer Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Buddy Rich and percussionist Mongo Santamaria. Taking inspiration from motifs found in these artists’ classic works, Peter’s piece for the NCO will deconstruct their themes to offer the audience a re-imagined and alternative musical experience.

The new work will receive its world premiere at Turner Sims ahead of performances elsewhere including two celebration weekends in Hull on 1 & 2 July as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and 7-9 July at London’s Southbank Centre. | @NMBiennial | @PRSFoundation | #NMB17


SOLD OUT (again!): Jazz Jamaica Christmas At The Hideaway 2015

Jazz Jamaica

We were just about to suggest that, if you can’t wait until our Extraordinary Showcase on 20 December for your shot of great music and good cheer, and you fancy getting skazzy, why not join us for Jazz Jamaica’s Christmas at The Hideaway in Streatham on Saturday 12 December when they have the legendary reggae artist, Winston Francis (aka King Cool) as their special guest! However, this show is already SOLD OUT!

Congrats to those of you who were on the case early to book your tickets, and commiserations to those of you who missed out…but don’t worry! Jazz Jamaica will be out and about in 2016 so you can catch them next year! Or, if you happen to be in Mexico this weekend, you can catch Jazz Jamaica closing the 9-day Guadalajara International Book Fair in which the UK is the Guest of Honour in 2015, and which brings to a close a year-long celebration of cultural, educational and business exchange between the UK and Mexico.

See you soon for our round up of 2015…Ándale ándale! Arriba!

T’is the season to be jazzy (and extraordinary)!

Tomorrow's Warriors Extraordinary Showcase e-flyer

It definitely is the season to be jazzy as we head into the festive season and oh boy, have we got a stunning gig lined up for you with our Tomorrow’s Warriors Extraordinary Showcase! Anyone who came to our Extraordinary Showcase back in February will tell you how fantastic our showcase gigs are. Definitely not to be missed, this is the gig to be at if you want to catch a glimpse of the future stars of UK jazz currently receiving training and development as part of Tomorrow’s Warriors Young Artist Development Programme at Southbank Centre, London.

Expect an abundance of energy, brilliance and extraordinary musical moments from the Tomorrow’s Warriors family of young musicians. We feature our Junior Band, our Youth Ensemble and, to put a smile on the face of the big band fans amongst you, we present the super-gifted Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Orchestra conducted by our very own Binker Golding, recent winner of the MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act (with drummer Moses Boyd), following the release of their debut album Dem Ones (Gearbox Records) – congrats again to both!

Making their Extraordinary Showcase debut are members of String Ting – a pioneering programme for jazz string players devised and being piloted by our artistic director, Gary Crosby OBE to enable even more diverse young musicians to learn and play jazz. We can’t wait to see and hear them all!

So come along on Sunday 20 December, from 6.00pm-8.00pm at Southbank Centre. It’s going to be utterly extraordinary and it’s completely £FREEEEEEE! It’s a no brainer folks, and what a great way to kickstart the festive season!