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MYJO's Big Band Christmas Success


By Philip Roberts - Posted on 07 December 2017

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Redditch music-lovers got into the swing of Christmas with Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra at their recent 'Big Band Christmas' concert at Trinity High School.

The concert, organised by the Rotary Club of Redditch, showcased the cream of the Midlands' young jazz musicians, ranging in age from 17 - 25.

MYJO, directed by John Ruddick MBE, delivered powerful renditions of big band classics, with a sprinkling of seasonal favourites to get the audience into the Christmas spirit. Particular highlights included vocal soloist Katy Gaskin, who also dueted  with guest soloist Paul Drakeley in the second half.

The Mayor of Redditch, Councillor Jenny Wheeler, was in attendance with Consort Steve Wheeler, as guests of Rotary President Malcolm Jones. Also present were a number of professional musicians who are avid followers of MYJO, including former members of the orchestra.

With an audience of nearly 200, the event raised £2,000 for charity, to be shared between MYJO's work in music education, and Rotary's current local charity, Batchley Support Group.

 

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