Saturday 16 July 13:30

Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space, Symphony Hall


B:Music welcome back the Ladywood-based community big band to Symphony Hall to uplift with their unique mix of jazz and calypso music.

Opening The Notebenders performance will be the premiere of a fanfare composed by Soweto Kinch, commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for their Flourish! project as part of the Birmingham 2022 festival. Soweto's fanfare will celebrate the Jamaican heritage and legacy of its’ founder Andy Hamilton as well as  the diverse and dynamic communities of Birmingham that the group represents.

BCMG's Flourish! project re-imagines the fanfare – a ubiquitous part of sporting ceremonies – for the 21st Century and bring together communities through the medium of music. Throughout the spring and summer of 2022, we will be working with 10 ‘musical triangles’, each comprising of a non-professional or youth ensemble, a composer, and a Commonwealth connection, to create fanfares inspired by and celebrating the Commonwealth - its nations, individuals and values of diversity and tolerance.

The Notebenders Big Band is a community big band based in Ladywood, Birmingham. Band members hail from all sections of the diverse and dynamic communities of the City of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region. They are a true representation of crossing and breaking down barriers through music.

Tickets are FREE but need to be booked. 

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