It seems only like yesterday Young Ashbourne Singers (YAS) under direction of my good friend Linda Perry Smith and I were getting ready for the premiere of my brand new musical ‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz, Or The Importance Of Being Happy’. The musical was a sold smash and those were the wonderful moments of the Ashbourne Festival 2013. I want to wish every success to all performers of the festival this year.
I am delighted to announce that Higgledy Piggledy Jazz books were included into the JAZZ SOLO SPECIALIST CLASSES at the Gibraltar Festival for Young Musicians. The Festival will begin on the 4th April 2014, and ‘ELENA COBB CUP’ will be awarded to the winner of this category in the competition for the very first time!
I want to thank Cathy Batchelor and the Festival committee members for such an amazing opportunity for my music and to wish the best of luck to all boys and girls who are working so hard in preparation for the competition; also their teachers, mums and dads! I am looking forward to hearing all the exciting news about your performances guys – for me, you are stars already!
The Gibraltar Festival for Young Musicians is organised by Allegro Music Productions, a registered charity founded in January 2005 by Cathy Batchelor and Wayne Smith to promote and encourage music performance amongst the children in Gibraltar. The festival is an amateur competitive and non-competitive event for instrumentalists and singers of all ages and abilities. The aim of the festival is to provide a friendly platform for musical performance. The festival is an ideal opportunity for children to realise their potential, enhance their performance skills, sharpen their technique and receive valuable feedback from an experienced music adjudicator.
For the next year festival, participants can choose any piece from my “Higgledy Piggledy Jazz” books for Piano, Alto Saxophone or Guitar to play at the festival. Even more excitingly, the winner of the JAZZ SOLO SPECIALIST CLASSES category will be awarded the Elena Cobb Cup!
Earlier this year, Cathy has accompanied children from Gibraltar on the trip to London where they took part in an amazing event! Thousands of children from primary schools across England Wales and Gibraltar attempted to make history with the world’s largest ocarina ensemble. The Guinness World Record for the Largest Ocarina Ensemble was set at the Royal Albert Hall on 5 November 2013.
Over 3081 (!) players took part in a performance of ‘Ode to a Joyful Star’ accompanied by the Royal Albert Hall organ and conducted by composer Douglas Coombes OBE. Previous record included of 831 performers. Proceeds from the ticket sales went to Barnardo’s charity. If you are interested to find out more about ocarina, please visit the Ocarina Workshop website.
Six young pianists performed Super Duck to the delight of their moms and dads, thank you to Beate Toyka (EPTA Derby) for suggesting and to the team at the Foulds Music Shop in Derby. It was a super event! Photos by Geraldine Curtis.