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11-20 November 2022


Fusing Forces: Yazz Ahmed and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Fusing Forces: Yazz Ahmed and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Sun 21 November 2021

Stage time / 7:30pm

Specials Broadcasts Home/grown The Big Mix


LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall,
Belvedere Road
SE1 8 XX


Trailblazing trumpeter Yazz Ahmed joins forces with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Festival.

The British-Bahraini performer and composer brings her boundless musical ingenuity to a collaboration with the orchestra and its Grammy-winning Principal Conductor, Bramwell Tovey. The concert presents new orchestrations of Ahmed’s evocative, colourful works, joined by the artist and her quintet.

Hear pioneering jazz on a grand scale in what promises to be an evening to remember from the 2021 edition of the capital’s landmark jazz takeover.

I can’t recall hearing a large-scale composition as complex, sophisticated, layered, innovative and enthralling.

London Jazz News

In 2017, Ahmed’s break-out album La Saboteuse garnered acclaim from every corner of the music press and was named Jazz Album of the Year in The Wire magazine.

2020’s album Polyhymnia brought Gulf and Arab influences to an idiosyncratic exploration of female changemakers throughout history. Recognised as a major artistic statement, Polyhymnia was voted Album of the Year at the 2020 Jazz FM Awards, with Ahmed also winning Jazz Act of the Year, swiftly followed by an Ivor Novello Award for Innovation.

BBC Concert Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey - 
Yazz Ahmed - trumpet
Yazz Ahmed Quintet

This is clearly one of the most important pieces of music in any genre to appear this year.

Glide Magazine

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