Youthsayers at London Jazz Festival Next Generations

It was a pleasure to work with Serious for the Next Generation Takeover show at The Clore Ballroom Royal Festival Hall. We performed a new piece called Truthsayers for Youthsayers composed with the amazing Saxophonist and composer Jason Yarde. The piece included a range of elements from Structured improvisation , free improvisation , harmonic progressions , grooves , dynamics and group improvisation. The audience feed back was exceptional . We would like thank Ronnie Scotts Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England for the funding that allowed this project to take place.

©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /
©Roger Thomas 2019 – mingus999@hotmail.com / EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 / Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers / London Southbank Centre – Clore Ballroom / 24th November 2019 /

EFG London Jazz Festival Nov 24th 2019 with Jason Yarde

EFG London Jazz Festival with special guest Jason Yarde - Sunday 24th November 6pm Clore Ballroom

We are pleased to announce Youthsayers will be performing at EFG London Jazz Festival on 24th November 2019.

Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom onstage 6pm - 7 pm,

Our performance will feature a new collaboration between Youthsayers and jazz saxophonist and composer Jason Yarde.
We have been working with Jason this autumn and are excited and proud to present the music we have been creating. The piece embraces elements of structured free playing , groove and jazz harmony.

This performance follows on from our participation in Music For Youth Proms at The RoyalAlbert Hall and Spirit of London Award Nominations at City Hall that both took place in November 2019.
To end the year we will be working with Endurance Steel Pan Orchestra from a jazz performance of Beyonce’s Homecoming on Dec 21st at Stanley Halls , South Norwood.

We have been able to deliver this project due to funding from Ronnie Scotts Charitable Foundation and The Arts Council England .

Performing at Music For Youth Proms at Royal Albert Hall Nov 2019

National Music For Youth Festival Proms at The Royal Albert Hall November 2019

We had a great time performing at Music For Youth Proms at The Royal Albert Hall , London on 12th November 2019. We were part of a line up selected from across the UK and were one of the only London based projects. Other bands came from Gateshead , Bridgend, Rastrick and Oxfordshire, It was a unforgettable experience performing to a huge audience in a world famous venue.

Freedom Sounds Cologne April 2019

Freedom Sounds Cologne April 2019

We had an amazing time in Cologne last week . !7 young musicians from London teamed up with 17 Cologne resident musicians from Koningin Luise Schule. We performed a 75 minute set opening Freedom Sounds Festival . The young people worked together so well and were a great example of how to cooperate, understand , be tolerant , work as a team , listen. We only had 2 rehearsals but the results were impressive. Thanks to Peter Clemm who organised the trip and all the host families in Cologne and the parents from the UK that supported us.

Younger Youthsayers – April 2019

Younger Youthsayers - April 2019

Younger Youthsayers is a new session starting on on Monday April 29th 2019 at Clapham Park Centre from 4.45 to 6pm. If you are a budding musician from the age of 9 to 12 and you would like to try playing with other people your age in a band that explores fun music, the is this session is for you. You will get to chance to learn how to play new music with flavours of afrobeat , reggae and jazz. You will learn how to work as a band and improvise . You will get chance to work with professional musicians from Soothsayers band and members of Youthsayers senior band. Most of all this session will be fun and give you a chance to play music you may not have chance to try before. We need you to be reliable , keen to join in and have a go . We will be working towards a performance so you need to come every Monday. We would like you to have a had a go at an instrument already and be able to play a short tune , rhythm or scale . If you want to take part please email Robin at youthsayers@gmail.com we would love to hear from you. This project is run in conjunction with Lambeth Sounds and will take place at Lambeth Sounds Centre - Clapham Park Centre , Kingswood Rd , SW2 4JP , this is a FREE session and costs nothing.

London Jazz Festival – Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom Nov 2018

London Jazz Festival 2018

On 25th November 2018 , Youthsayers printed an amazing performance at The EFG London Jazz Festival as part of the Next Generations Concert that highlighted young and upcoming Jazz talent. We performed a 40 minute set received loads of positive feed back after the show. It was a pleasure to be involved in The London Jazz Festival again and work with event producers Serious.

©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /

©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /
©Roger Thomas 2018 - mingus999@hotmail.com / The Next Generation Takes Over / EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 / Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom / 25th November 2018 / Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra - Leader: Olly Blackman / Classical Meets Jazz - Leader: Andy Grappy / Youthsayers / ArtsTrain - Leader James Yarde / (Im)Possibilities - Leader: Paul Griffiths /

Breaking The Silence – Imperial War Museum Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday 2018

On 11th November 2018 members of Youthsayers , Raw Material Artists Development and Poets Benna and MGDLN performed at The Imperial War Museum . The artists devised a piece that incorporated poetry and music that depicted their feelings about war and how it related to Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of World War 1 Armistice Day. Three performances took place during the day in front of large audiences that were visibly moved by the work.

Remembrance Sunday in the atrium of IWM London.
Photographed 11th November 2018.

Pericles at The National Theatre – Public Acts – August 2018

Pericles At The National Theatre - Public Acts - August 2018

We took part in amazing production of the William Shakespeare play , Pericles at The National Theatre. Members of Youthsayers featured as The Pirate Ska Band in with other cameo groups from all over London. The show featured a diverse cast of 200 people including professional actors and musicians. This was a valuable opportunity to work in the superb Olivier Theatre and gain experience of working with professionals. Youthsayers met amazing new people who are passionate about the arts and their specialties. You can read a review of the show here:

https://theartsdesk.com/theatre/pericles-national-theatre-review-fizzingly-energetic-production

Well done to Lani , Khush , Mina , Josie , Thabo . Nick and Elijah