On Monday 21 January we welcomed our Royal Patron His Royal Highness The Earl Of Wessex to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, as he joined us for the third year running at our annual Chairman’s Reception, on the first of our two-night sold-out residency at the club.
(from left to right: HRH arriving at Ronnie Scott’s; HRH chatting to a group of NYJO musicians; HRH meeting longtime friend of NYJO Barbara Thompson MBE)
HRH was received by the club’s Music Bookings Coordinator Paul Pace and club Co-Owner Sally Greene, alongside a team of NYJO representatives, before heading up to Ronnie’s Upstairs Bar where our guests were eagerly anticipating his arrival. His speech followed that of NYJO’s Executive Chair Nigel Tully MBE, NYJO Jazz Messengers Bandleader Chelsea Carmichael, and Lancashire Music Service’s Regional Manager Cath Sewell, who is working with NYJO’s education team to set up the next NYJO Regional Academy in Preston starting next month. It was an inspiring line-up of speakers, all of whom did a wonderful job of updating our guests on NYJO’s recent work, particularly our national education work which has grown tremendously over the past year (see our Learning and Participation pages for more information). HRH also graciously thanked our loyal supporters for their generosity to NYJO (financial, moral or otherwise), before mingling in the reception and chatting to some of our guests.
(speeches during NYJO’s chairman’s reception 2019. Speakers from left to right: HRH The Earl of Wessex, Cath Sewell, Chelsea Carmichael)
After the reception, HRH headed down into the main club to enjoy an evening of spectacular jazz performed by our young professionals. For the support act, our five talented vocal chairholders performed all together, making their debut performance as the NYJO Vocal Ensemble. Our Jazz Orchestra followed, performing two sets that comprised of old classics (including Georgia by Hoagy Carmichael arranged by Ray Charles, and A Night in Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie), new commissions written for the band in 2018 as part of our year-long EQ Project (Wild Oak by Nikki Iles and The Earth Keeps Spinning by Laura Jurd), and compositions by members of the band (Matterhorn by Tom Barford and For The Road and Those On It by Tom Ridout).
(NYJO musicians during their performance at Ronnie Scott’s on Monday 21 January)
Thank you to everyone who came along to support us at the reception on the Monday night, and the gigs on Monday and Tuesday!
Photography courtesy of Carl Hyde.