by Richard Hill and Chris Barber
Innovative Concept for Concert Hall or Theatrical Production
concept of 'Symphony of Jazz' is a natural development from a
series of successful and exciting televised orchestral jazz concerts
which started by invitation in 1986, behind the Berlin Wall at
the Palast der Republik, East Berlin.
Richard Hill and jazz band leader Chris Barber had long thought
that amongst the many multi-ethnic contributions which led to
the birth of jazz, the European symphonic heritage was one which
could be explored further. Successful premier concerts in Berlin
were rapturously received and in response to demand many such
orchestral jazz concerts, mainly featuring the Chris Barber Jazz
& Blues Band, have now been performed all over Europe to audiences
of all ages.
who have performed the Symphony of Jazz repertoire include:- Aalborg
Symphony, Denmark: BBC Concert Orchestra: Bonn Philharmonic: City
of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: Corinthian Orchestra: Grosse
Rundfunkorchester Berlin: Hamburger Sinfonica Landesorchester:
London Symphony Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Bulgaria:
Odense Symfoniorkester: Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra: Philharmonische
Orchester Nurnberg: Philharmonisches Orchester Der Stadt Ulm:
South Jutland Symphony, Denmark: Sudwestfalische Philharmonie.
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