This week 17 of our talented year 7 musicians, together with our Chamber Choir and A level Music students, participated in two jazz and improvisation workshops led by Drummer Phelan Burgoyne.
Phelan Burgoyne aged just 23, has already carved out a name for himself as one of this country’s finest improvising musicians. He collaborates regularly with legendary saxophonist Martin Speake and rising star guitarist Rob Luft. The trio have been close collaborators since early 2014 when Burgoyne and Luft were both students at the Royal Academy of Music in London where Speake is a professor.
Phelan is now composing a piece based on ideas provided by our Year 7 students.
This piece will be performed by Phelan, Martin Speake and Rob Luft, together with the BYMT Big Band, at our Spring Concert on March 22nd. The concert will also feature the students involved in the workshops performing alongside the trio.
The workshop process was captured by photographer and videographer Katie Edwards. Her work has been published in national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian and the Radio Times. She was recently the stills photographer for the BBC docudrama ‘Theresa vs Boris: How May Became PM’.
For a flavour of the work Phelan and Katie do visit;