Jazz for the young generation - talented teens show what they can do in autumn concert date in Hitchin

Izzy Doncaster features in the North Herts Youth Jazz Christmas concert at Benslow Music

Izzy Doncaster features in the North Herts Youth Jazz Christmas concert at Benslow Music - Credit: Archant

Talented young musicians are tuning up for a concert date at Hitchin’s Benslow Music on Tuesday night.

Friends of North Herts Music School present the North Herts Youth Jazz concert, billed as an autumn entertainment that features music bound to delight any jazz lover.

In this showcase for rising stars of the local music scene, which starts at 7.30pm, both jazz bands from North Herts Music School will play selections from across the form’s many genres.

The Big Band, featuring players aged 12 to 18, will be drawing on a rich and varied repertoire, and numbers on the setlist include Wade In the Water, San Lup and Absoludicrous.

Among those featuring on vocals is Izzy Doncaster, who will also be duetting with Tim Cranfield.

The Big Band’s junior counterpart Blast Off! will also be contributing with their take on jazz standard Blue Monk and a new piece which has been created just for them.

Blast Off! is made up of players aged 10 to 12 who are learning the art of jazz improvisation with great success.

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Tickets will be available on the door at the Benslow Lane venue, adults pay £8 and children £5.

Concerts arranged by the Friends of North Herts Music School aim to raise money to buy new equipment, music and instruments.

North Herts Music School is based in Hitchin’s Highbury Road and is part of Hertfordshire Music Service. Other music centres include Stevenage Music Centre, which is based at the Nobel School and Saturday morning music schools at Meridian School in Royston and Knights Templar School in Baldock.

The Hertfordshire Music Service is one of the largest local authority music services in the country, with more than 600 instrumental and vocal teachers teaching 25,000 children in schools and music centres across the county. You can find out more at www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk.

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