Symphony Hall in Birmingham will ring this afternoon with the sound of young voices and young instrumentalists coming together for the annual Generation Ladywood Showcase.
The small singers have been helped by the choir Ex Cathedra, the young small players by jazz saxophonist and composer Jason Yarde and the Jazzlines Trio.
The jazz side of Generation Ladywood was given a huge boost in the months before last year’s event by the charismatic trumpeter Abram Wilson. Sadly he died just before the event. Now Yarde has taken up the baton to ensure that the school children of the inner city area have access and inspiration to make their own jazz music.
The Generation Ladywood Jazz Electives, as they are known, number an awesome 250 children from 10 Ladywood primary schools who have elected to play an instrument. They will be playing Jason’s Cosmic Calling this afternoon as part of the concert. Who knows, there could be tomorrow’s Soweto Kinch in there among their number. It’s certainly going to be a joyful sound.
This year, for the first time, there will be the presentation of the No Fear award of an instrument to one of the Jazz Electives. The presentation will be made by Abram’s widow, Jennie Cashman Wilson. You can read her guest blog post for THSH here.
The Generation Ladywood Showcase is in Symphony Hall at 1.30pm. And the Jazzlines Trio, led by pianist Reuben James, will be paying special tribute to Abram Wilson at an extra Jazzlines Free Jazz session at 5pm today in the Symphony Hall Cafe Bar.
The Generation Ladywood Showcase and the No Fear award are sponsored by Service Birmingham.
More information at www.thsh.co.uk