Women change the world

Our exhilarating Nu Civilisation Orchestra (NCO) premieres Yazz Ahmed’s Polyhymnia – a revolutionary new work based on the lives of six strong role models – women who changed the course of the world –  especially written for our first ever all-female professional ensemble, and one of the showcase gigs presented during the WOW! Women of the World Festival. Gary Crosby, NCO’s artistic director is passionate about making sure exciting fresh talent can explore complex themes and stretch boundaries to develop innovative new works of art, so he’s backing Yazz Ahmed’s desire to wow audiences with her new composition Polyhymnia – a new masterpiece – performed by an incredible all-female line up of our world class professional orchestra.

On International Women’s Day, when the focus is on the achievements and challenges that women face each and every day, Yazz’s work brings attention the need for spreading awareness about, and sharing the experiences of strong female role models. Coming from a place where she saw no relevant role models around her, Yazz’s Polyhymnia suite of six movements celebrates stories of exceptional female courage, conviction and resilience. Inspired by the lives of six influential and incredible statements of womanhood, individuals who ignite fundamental changes in norms and attitudes, the course of history or who quietly, daily become powerful sources of inspiration, audiences can expect to feel the poignancy of these extraordinary female leaders and inspirational role models through the music. Polyhymnia takes the audience and the NCO’s 12-piece female ensemble through a rousing and evocative odyssey as the musicians’ highly distinctive styles conjure up fascinating vignettes, reflecting the creativity and complexities of the composer’s movements, and of the six powerful women. Rising star and award winner Yazz’s unique brand of eclectic recoiling jazz rhythms reverberates through the piece capturing the intricacies of her themes and the vibe of all-female ensemble.

Polyhymnia – women change the world – a suite in six movement is based on the amazing lives of:
Haifaa al-Mansour, the first female Saudi film director, whose film Wadjda examined challenges and societal pressures facing girls and women in one of the world’s most restrictive countries;
Ruby Bridges, who at just six years old was the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in the south of the USA;
Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for fighting for her right to go to school and recently received the Nobel Peace Prize;
Rosa Parks, the African-American civil rights activist whose refusal to give up her bus seat for a white passenger helped bring an end to segregation;
The Suffragettes, British women fighting for the right to vote;
Barbara Thompson, British jazz saxophonist, battling Parkinson’s Disease and still performing despite being in excruciating pain every day.

Yazz Ahmed’s music, according to The Guardian is ‘all so fresh and inventive that it’s its own style’.

Polyhymnia, composed by British-Bahraini composer and trumpeter Yazz Ahmed is a new commission by Tomorrow’s Warriors, made possible through the Women Make Music initiative from PRS for Music Foundation.

Nu Civilisation Orchestra
WORLD PREMIERE: Polyhymnia
in celebration of inspirational women
Sunday 8 March | 7.45 pm | WOW! Women of the World Festival

The Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Tickets from £15.00. Concessions 50%.  Contact the box office 0844 875 0073 or book online.  http://www.southbank.co.uk

Love Music? Gotta Learn Jazz

Tomorrow’s Warriors Young Artist Development Programme and Emerging Artist Programme
People ask us about our name “Tomorrow’s Warriors” all the time – the best we can say is that it stands for our fight for all young musicians – especially with an African-Caribbean heritage, girls and those who possess extraordinary artistic capacity who struggle to thrive in average settings – to have the chance to excel in making great jazz music. We are always looking for the best opportunities and we are so very proud of an unsurpassed track record of developing the hottest and newest generations of jazz talent. Since 1991 we have picked up have over 45 awards for Jazz. Having nurtured and supported so many jazz professionals who headline and command gigs on world-class venues in their own right, often touring globally, this is a true testament to the strength of our programmes.

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Thanks to our weekend artistic residency at Southbank Centre we are able to invite young musicians to join our Young Artist Development Programme where they can experience some of the best years of their musical lives through our carefully planned learning and participation model of musical progression. Whilst seven of the young cohort accepted places at conservatoires, several of our emerging took the stage at high profile venues Royal Albert Hall, Watermill Jazz and Ronnie Scotts.

We’ve got spaces for enthusiastic young musicians to join and because our sessions are completely free, there’s currently no need to worry about the cost. We are open every weekend during the school term – and there’s never been a better time to join in with so many of our young Tomorrow’s Warriors moving towards band and artist development programmes.

All our development sessions are in now full force with the youth orchestra focused on getting ready for our next fabulous Tomorrow’s Warriors amazing gig. Join us!

Donate & Support Future Young Artists

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Investing resources into developing young talent is the critical pipeline to a vibrant jazz scene, which also fuels a new generation of intelligent, creative people whose own innovative music making inspires more children who will follow in their footsteps.TW TRUST POSTCARD.land.1-page-001

Not only does Tomorrow’s Warriors unique model of music progression routes provide an excellent breeding ground for nurturing talent, we also provide a healthy and imaginative environment for young people to express themselves creatively as they develop and mature into innovative and productive young adults.

Due to significant cuts in government funding and the increasing demand for exceptional music education among young jazz musicians, many specialist programmes like ours are at risk. We need your help to survive, your support to thrive. Our Young Artist Development Programme is under severe threat as funds have already been cut.

If you would like to find out how you can help, please contact us via the form at the foot of this page.

We are determined not to let any musicians down – we won’t – they are our Family, but we can’t do this on our own. We need every ounce of support from our community, donors and partners to help us keep these programmes going. As you may know our development workshops, gigs, master classes, mentoring schemes are open to all, not only because of our deeply held philosophy about supporting talent and removing financial barriers, but they are completely free for young people aged 11- 25 because we want young jazz musicians to grow in confidence and become independent. We help them to feel free that there’s a safe place where they can to learn and develop their skills, rejoice and revel in the jazz music that we and they love. With us they are part of a like-minded community of friends and peers.

Any amount donated makes a big difference. 

To find out more about how you can help, please contact us via the form at the foot of this page.

You will want to support us because:

  1. We support musicians aged 11–25 who are keen on jazz – some who may wish to pursue a professional career – our programmes are under threat after April this year.
  2. We create access to high quality music education and professional development opportunities through our structured progression routes – master classes, year-round mentoring support, jam sessions, workshops, gigs, including hard to access opportunities to leading international jazz musicians
  3. We have a 100% track record of helping students get into higher education – conservatoires, Music College and University
  4. Care within our community is precious to us. Committed musicians deserve the chance to shine through…and be supported when facing tough times
  5. We are passionate about making sure that families and audiences are part of the ‘repertoire’
  6. We all about encouraging engagement and developing an interest in jazz music across the generations and all cultural backgrounds
  7. Young musicians need your financial support to help them make the most of their musical talent and exceptional potential
  8. Any amount donated makes a difference and supports our ability to continue to develop progressive opportunities for jazz musicians
  9. You can donate as much as you can afford, through our charity online giving site, soon to be launched!
  10. …We need volunteers, pro-bono or all kinds of in-kind support, so there are many ways you can get involved – donating instruments, help at events, promote what we do e.g. via social media …your ideas are very welcome.

Founded by the legendary Gary Crosby OBE, Tomorrow’s Warriors inspires fundamental change by increasing opportunities for all young talent to find routes into the mainstream of professional music in the UK. Open to young musicians and composers from all backgrounds, our programme has a primary focus on those from the African Diaspora and girls.

Please be generous and help support us to continue offering opportunities for young people to participate in our flagship ensembles and to make progress to:
Tomorrow’s Warriors Junior Band, Youth Ensemble, Female Collective and Youth Orchestra and join our professional band, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra.

To find out more about how you can support us, please contact us: 

Help us to Inspire the next generation of young jazz musicians. THANK YOU.