Seriously Talented Celebrates 10 Years

LONDON Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom
Belvedere Road


An afternoon that ranges far and wide through Serious’s Europe-wide talent development programmes, including the Marc Perrenoud Trio, Adam Fairhall’s The Spirit Farm and a band led by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian.

Jazz is nothing without new blood. It’s been a fascinating process over the years to see how exciting young artists work their way through the jazz ecosystem – from tiny spaces or free stages to major club shows and concert halls.The festival’s commitment to a free events programme allows audiences to sample the music of emerging artists for the first time, as well as providing the artists the chance to play in front of hundreds of people. This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our talent development programmes, Seriously Talented, designed to help artists from the UK and Europe achieve their creative aspirations.

With more than 40 Seriously Talented artists performing across the festival, including five new commissions, supported by Cockayne — Grants for the Arts and London Community Foundation, see a showcase of their work on Sunday.

We are grateful to PRS for Music Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Help Musicians UK who have enabled Take Five to grow into the vital programme that it is today and without whom many of our Seriously Talented programmes would not be possible.​

2pm – Take Five Edition X
The day kicks off with the Take Five Edition X Band made up entirely of Seriously Talented artists: Emilia Mårtensson (vocals), Heidi Heidelberg (vocals/guitar), Lauren Kinsella (vocals), Alice Zawadzki (vocals/violin), Phil Meadows (saxophone), Sam Andreae (saxophone/electronics), Tom Green (trombone) and Percy Pursglove (trumpet/bass).

3.45pm - The Spirit Farm
A new six-piece group of innovative young improvisers based in the north of England, including Adam Fairhall (piano), Corey Mwamba (vibraphone), Christophe de Bezenac (saxophone), Dave Kane (double bass), Anton Hunter (guitar) and Johnny Hunter (drums). Together they bring quick instincts, an impressive shared understanding and a wealth of idiomatic approaches to the music.

5pm - Marc Perrenoud Trio
France’s Culture Jazz Magazine noted his music as ‘harmonically complex, subtle, mastering fine composing technique’. Along with outstanding fantasy in his melodies, he possesses a destructive force - a tangible lyrical intensity, which makes Marc Perrenoud, who participated in Take Five Switzerland, a master in all that defies convention. ​

Marc Perrenoud Trio is brought to you in collaboration with


6.15pm TRACES
Horrocks-Hopayian’s new work marks the centenary of when her Armenian family fled to Syria as refugees, and celebrates her home in Britain. She takes inspiration from the travelling ‘gusanner’ musicians, and from Komitas – the forefather of ethnomusicology from her Western roots in Suffolk. She reflects on Benjamin Britten’s creative trip to Armenia, as well as the work of American drummer Paul Motian, another descendent of Armenian migrants.  This quartet features Cevanne (vocals, harp and sonic bonnet/electronics), Chris Montague (guitar), Conor Chaplin (double bass) and Corrie Dick (drums).


Seriously Talented 10th Anniversary Commission generously supported by