This year’s Jazz Afternoon was a great success. A large and enthusiastic audience, amply supplied with Pimms and strawberries, were serenaded by a great diversity of jazz and light classical repertoire. Many students, from Essi (7K) up to our Upper Sixth leavers Charlotte, Nia, Stella and Iona, performed solos ranging from xylophonic pyrotechnics to moving renditions of songbook standards, together with piano and vocal classics. Small ensembles ranged from Snazzy Jazz and their wonderful Nina Simone cover, to lively presentations from Tootles and Team Pachelbel and many more. The afternoon was bookended by Big Band, who again showed their versatility and mature sound, with a selection that featured Nia on vocals, and ended with the now traditional romp through Uptown Funk.
Thanks are due to Mr Foster and Mr McNaughton for their help in organising the event, and to Ms Rakowski for bringing enough clothes pegs to keep the music on the stands!