Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017

25 for 25: New Music for 2017

The EFG London Jazz Festival is celebrating its 25th birthday! 

To celebrate the breadth of the jazz scene that we know and love, Serious Trust has launched the '25 for 25' campaign to raise £25,000 towards the commissioning of new music at the 25th Festival and we’d love for you to be part of the journey.   

Why fund new music?


Launching ’25 for 25’ for EFGLJF 2017, we will:

• Engage both rising and established stars to infuse the Festival and wider music scene with fresh and innovative new work.

• Create opportunities for new music across the scene including in our Learning & Participation programme where innovative work is in constant demand to engage and inspire the next generation.

The work of the Serious Trust is only possible thanks to all of our supporters.  To help us kick start this next ambitious project and be part of our ’25 for 25’ campaign, you can donate here, or get in touch to discuss your involvement further.  

Commissions announced so far include Phronesis & Engines Orchestra, and Beats & Pieces, read on for more information below. Over the next few months, we will be announcing more exciting artists and collaborations so stay tuned as we launch into the 25th EFG London Jazz Festival.

Second commission announced: BEATS & PIECES

The second 25 for 25 Commission to be announced will feature another Seriously Talented alumni artist, Ben Cottrell. Cottrell's free-wheeling big band continues to occupy a very special place in today’s UK jazz scene, enthusing audiences throughout Europe amidst a succession of awards and critical acclaim.  

Their Festival performance trails their tenth birthday in 2018, and will feature new music commissioned specially for this anniversary year to reflect the diversity of music that surrounds them, with Cottrell’s inspired writing influenced as much by Michael Jackson, Björk or Radiohead as by Duke Ellington, Gil Evans or Loose Tubes. 

A big band for modern times’ (Jamie Cullum)

Event Details: Beats & Pieces / Saturday 18 November, Rich Mix

First commission announced: PHRONESIS & ENGINES ORCHESTRA

We’re thrilled to announce the first commission for this year’s ‘25 for 25’ Festival programme which will feature three of our Seriously Talented alumni artists - Jasper Høiby and Ivo Neame – as two out of the three great musicians who form Phronesis, and Phil Meadows as leader of the Engines Orchestra.  Their new collaboration features specially composed music from Dave Maric and will have even greater coverage this year, as a co-commission with Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Manchester Jazz Festival.

Composer Dave Maric provides the alchemy that brings together two ensembles whose contrasting talents are poised to create musical fireworks.  Phronesis was described by Jazzwise as ‘one of Europe’s most explosive piano trios', whilst Phil Meadows has fused today’s generation of jazz and classical young bloods in a floating group of strings, horns and groove that transcends expectations.

Event details: Phronesis & Engines Orchestra / Sunday 12 November, Milton Court 

Get in touch: 020 7324 1880 | [email protected] 

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