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35 young Kingston jazz players set the tone at famous London club

Kingston music service at hideaway

Two of Kingston Music Services’ youth jazz bands were invited to perform at The Hideaway, a prestigious London jazz club, on Monday 10 July.

The hour and a half set saw the Kingston Youth Jazz Band kick off the celebratory evening of music with 45 minutes of jazz classics. Kingston Youth Big Band followed with 40 minutes of more contemporary jazz.

With over 90 people in the audience listening closely, the bands were met with applause as they brought the performance to a close.

Cllr Andy Johnson-Creek, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Music at Kingston Council, said: 

“Huge congratulations to the Kingston Youth Jazz Band and the Kingston Youth Big Band for playing at one of London’s most famous jazz clubs. It’s a seriously prestigious gig, and they went down so well that they’ve already been asked to come back next year. It’s a real testament to the excellent tutors at Kingston Music Service and the flourishing music service they provide.”

On attending the performance, the Deputy Mayor of Kingston, Cllr Mike Head, said: 

“I was truly impressed with the level of skill and dedication on show during the evening. As representatives of Kingston, they certainly did us proud.”

Kingston Music Service has, within the last year, received a Will Michael Jazz Education Award for its outstanding commitment to jazz provision in the borough.

Find out more about the Kingston Music Service by visiting www.kingston.gov.uk/music.