Ridley Hall, thank you and goodnight.

Sadly we had what is likely to be our last ever residential rehearsal weekend at Ridley Hall last weekend.

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This fine venue is on the market to be sold so we made the best of the weekend with intense rehearsal and even more intense merriment into the small hours. What an excellent way to while away a Saturday afternoon.  We are looking forward to our next couple of big Gigs at the Old Fire Station Carlisle and the annual Sunderland Big Band festival.

Many thanks to our sponsors Wylam Brewery for providing welcome liquid refreshment for the thirsty.  Thanks also to Jan and her team at Ridley Hall for making us so welcome over the years.

Here we see the band relaxing between numbers.

Keen eyed viewers will spot Tom Cantwell stepping in for our regular Guitar Hero Kev otherwise engaged. Thanks from all the band for helping us out Tom.

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Exciting New Youth Jazz Ensembles at Core Music

We are also pleased to announce our association with the Tyne Valley Jazz Ensemble and Tyne Valley Youth Big Band, two exciting new Youth Jazz Ensembles which have been set up by Core Music in association with the Queens Hall, aiming to develop young Jazz musicians in the region. Both Bands will be directed by Dave Hignett with specialist guest tutors invited as required.

Dave Hignett is a local Jazz Trumpeter and teacher who conceived the Sage Gateshead’s regional Big Band “Jambone” in 2001 and directed the band for 10 years.

Dave also directed the Northumberland County Youth Jazz Orchestra for 15 years and initiated the Northumberland Intermediate Jazz Orchestra and Tyne Valley Big Band.

The bands will display strong progression routes, with the TVYBB feeding into the award winning community Tyne Valley Big Band, also based in Hexham.

For details contact Mike Coleman at Core Music Hexham www.coremusic.co.uk

01434 601993