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An Innovative Concept for Concert Hall or Theatrical Production

Berlin Poster


The 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.

Composer 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.

Orchestras 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.

75 seconds MP3 sample 'A New Orleans Overture' (580k)

A musical evening in Berlin

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(Includes scores and parts for hire details plus MP3 samples.)

With its new and original approach to the well known classic tunes of New Orleans jazz, its use of contemporary, more serious compositions and with its irresistible visual excitement, a 'Symphony of Jazz' concert is both an orchestral treat and a joyful celebration of a unique 'world music' whose influence has so dominated the evolution of popular song and dance.

Individual works from 'Symphony of Jazz' have also been performed as part of normal concert repertoire by many orchestras. Most of the works can be performed without a jazz band if preferred. There is an immediacy of enjoyment in the performance of this music and the repertoire offers ideal programme choices for all orchestras, whether professional, amateur, student or school.

Scores and parts for all the individual works in the 'Symphony of Jazz' orchestral repertoire and for 'Images from Kubla Khan' may be hired from On our Scores and Parts page you will find full details of how to obtain quotes for hire material, perusal scores and music for sale.

Designs for the Symphony of Jazz project are the copyright of Gabrielle Uncles.

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