Renowned big band and local group will perform

A RANGE of toe-tapping tunes will be performed at a special concert in Morpeth tomorrow evening.

The event will feature music from the KEVI (King Edward VI School) Community Jazz Band and The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band, based in Newcastle, which plays gigs across the UK.

The songs that will be covered include Feeling Good, Skyfall, Mr Zoot Suit, I Don’t Know Why and Sway’

Head of Music at KEVI, Robin Forbes, said: “This is an opportunity for residents to enjoy some jazz music at a high quality standard.

“Plenty of well-known songs will be performed and the relaxed atmosphere will help you to unwind.

“In addition, sharing a concert with a professional group will really encourage our band.”

The KEVI Community Jazz Band is made up of students and members of the public and the instruments involved include the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboard, guitar and drums.

As well as venues in Morpeth, its musicians have played in different parts of Northumberland and Tyneside and have gone on overseas tours with other choirs and groups.

Chloe Dodd, who has been part of it for four years, said: “I love being in the band because you get to perform in many different concerts, travel to other places and make strong friendships.

“This is an exciting time for us as we’ve got this jazz evening to showcase our sounds and we’re also prepa-ring for the Wine & Wassailing Christmas Concert with the other KEVI groups.”

Elske Simpson and Laura Brown, both year 13 students, are relative newcomers to the band.

Laura said: “I heard the group perform at a concert and decided that I wanted to join because it looked like they were having a lot of fun.

“I also felt it was important to be part of a music group because I want to study music at university and so far it has been a really good experience.

Elske added: “It’s a relaxed atmosphere and the concerts help to build up or confidence. I’m also looking forward to watching The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band in action and we’ll be able to learn things from them.”

The concert will take place in the Lower School Hall from 7.30pm – tickets cost £6. For more details, including the refreshment options, call 01670 515415.