Nu Civilisation Orchestra-The Jazz Ticket 2017

The Jazz Ticket was a ground-breaking national jazz education outreach and concert touring project celebrating the music of 6 legendary jazz artists: Tadd Dameron, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Buddy Rich. We worked with 28 partners over 2017/8 in 8 cities – Brighton, Bristol, Hull, Leicestershire, Luton, Southampton and Manchester culminating in a National Grand Finale at London‘s Southbank Centre in April 2018. We delivered 150 workshops to 718 young musicians (not including the young people participating as audiences) across KS2-5 and 62 music teachers, from 54 schools working with 16 music leaders from Tomorrow’s Warriors and 22 jazz artists from our professional ensemble, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, reaching live audiences of 5,493 people at 14 concerts in professional venues.

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A Journey with the Giants of Jazz is generously supported by PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial and The Jazz Ticket is generously supported by Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund.


The Jazz Ticket is a schools-based music education project produced by Tomorrow’s Warriors that brings together young musicians from across the UK to work with leading jazz professionals on a set of specially arranged compositions marking the centenary of the birth of six Giants Of Jazz

In each city, the programme culminates in a series of gala concerts in prestigious arts venues featuring our Jazz Ticket schools, alongside Tomorrow’s Warriors’ flagship professional jazz ensemble, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra performing Peter Edwards’ PRS New Music Biennial commission from Turner Sims, A Journey with the Giants of Jazz, along with other pieces made famous by the six Giants of Jazz. The Jazz Ticket begins its journey in January 2017 and reaches its final destination in London on 29 April 2018, closing with a Grand Finale at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, featuring over 200 of the young musicians who have taken part in the programme and the Nu Civilisation Orchestra.


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Produced by award-winning creative producers and jazz talent development agency, Tomorrow’s Warriors in association with Turner Sims and Southampton Music Hub, The Jazz Ticket gives young musicians the opportunity to work with leading jazz professionals to develop their performance and improvisation skills, whilst exploring the rich and inspiring history of the genre and six of its pioneering artists born 100 years ago.

The Jazz Ticket is delivered in partnership with leading venues and music hubs in nine regions across England. Participating schools will work with Tomorrow’s Warriors music leaders towards a professional concert at which each ensemble will present one of six newly-arranged compositions, accompanied by specially-commissioned visual projections illustrating the life and times of these Giants of Jazz. The ensembles will come together for a final concert performed to other schools in the region followed by a second, very special concert featuring the Nu Civilisation Orchestra performing a new music commission from Turner Sims Southampton, A Journey with the Giants of Jazz by the award-winning pianist/composer, Peter Edwards who also conducts the orchestra. The premiere of The Jazz Ticket takes place at Turner Sims Southampton on 16 March 2017.

In all, 54 schools from Southampton, London, Luton, Leicestershire, Manchester, Gateshead, Brighton, Bristol and Hull will participate in The Jazz Ticket throughout 2017 involving almost 600 young people in what will be the first project of its kind – connecting regions and crossing generations in celebration of an art form that continues to inspire and hold relevance for contemporary audiences and new musicians.

THE JAZZ TICKET, an ambitious national music ­education and performance ­programme designed to bring young ­people, their families and friends into ­contact with some of the most exciting jazz artists in the UK.
THE JAZZ TICKET GRAND FINALE at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London showcasing over 200 of the talented young people from each of the 8 cities who took part in the programme to celebrate the six Giants Of Jazz.

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