Newly crowned BBC Young Musician heading to Leamington - The Leamington Observer

Newly crowned BBC Young Musician heading to Leamington

NEWLY-CROWNED 2022 BBC Young Musician, percussionist Jordan Ashman, performs at Leamington’s Royal Spa Centre on Sunday November 13.

Jordan, who is from Cambridgeshire and studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, performed the Percussion Concerto by American composer Jennifer Higdon with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in the Bridgewater Hall Manchester to win the pretigious ompetition – only the third percussionist to do so in nearly half a century.

The Spa Centre concert, promoted by Leamington Music, will feature three brass bands in a programme marking Remembrance Sunday and the 150th anniversary of the birth of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Jordan will play a solo – Over the Rainbow – on marimba as well as performing as part of the bands.

Headed by the Tredegar Band, which played in two BBC Proms this summer, the concert features the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Band, also conducted by Ian Porthouse, and Youth Brass 2000 with its conductor Chris Jeans.

The concert has works by Berlioz and Strauss as well as Vaughan Williams and includes Songs from the Great War by Bruce Fraser and at the end, the massed bands will play Lest We Forget by Christopher Bond.

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* THE EUSEBIUS Quartet perform at Leamington’s Pump Room tomorrow (Friday). Nov 4

The all-female Quartet’s line-up has two British violinists, Beatrice Philips and Venetia Jollands, while Hannah Shaw on viola and Hannah Sloane on cello are American and both studied at The Juilliard School in New York – America’s leading conservatoire.

The programme for the concert, part of Leamington Music’s International String Quartet Concerts series, begins and ends in Vienna with Haydn’s Quartet in G Op 76 No 1 and the first of Beethoven’s last quartets, the Quartet in E flat Op 127.

Between these quartets the quartet will play Tendrils by Howard Skempton. This has been programmed to celebrate the 75th birthday of the composer who has lived in Leamington for over 30 years.

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Percussionist Jordan Ashman was recently crowned 2022 BBC Young Musician.


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