Monday, November 06, 2006


This week see's the official opening of the Gillet Street Square in front of the New Vortex Jazz club.The Gillet Street Square is one of the London Mayors new Open spaces initiative projects.The opening also co-incides with the opening events of the London Jazz Festival they have put them both together and come up with the Andy Sheppard Saxophone Massive. A commissioned piece for 200 saxphonist for the occasion.This really does have 200 Saxophonist of all age and description involved.Coming from all over the country.I am conducting the whole thing which has been a really different experience.fortunately we are on course for the show as The rehearsals have been going well,we only have a dress rehearsal left then the show this Friday 10th November at 6pm so come down if your free,you will not be disappointed.It's well worth seeing that's for sure!!!

Andy Sheppard’s Dalston Saxophone Massive - Friday 10 November 2006 at 6pm Gillet Square, Dalston, London, N16 FREE EVENT

Andy Sheppard’s Dalston Saxophone Massive is an exciting live event, which provides the opportunity for 200 saxophonists of all ages and abilities to play with the legendary UK saxophonist and composer Andy Sheppard, as well as his collaborators - conductor and multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson, alto saxophonist James Morton and baritone saxophonist Tony Kofi.

This performance is the culmination of a wide search to recruit saxophonists from all over London and beyond to rehearse and perform this spectacular fanfare by Andy Sheppard.

The Dalston Saxophone Massive has been developed by Serious International Music Producers, Hackney Co-operative Developments and The Vortex Jazz Club. Each partner is joined by their vision for live music presentation in the fields of jazz, world and new music, and a commitment to artistic excellence that is accompanied by the desire to make our music and projects accessible to the widest possible audience.

If you have any queries regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact Tamanna Verma on 0207 324 1880 or via:

The Dalston Saxophone Massive was premiered as The Living Bridge, at the launch of the Brunel 200 celebrations in Bristol on 8 April 2006. The piece was performed by 200 local players and was commissioned with funding from Arts Council England South West, the Millennium Commission and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Brunel 200 is a partnership initiative created and managed by the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.

Part of the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3

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