Guildhall Big Band plays Oliver Nelson

  • 2pm
Saxophonist Oliver Nelson

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Free | In-person
Admission free
Milton Court Concert Hall

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Guildhall Big Band are joined by special guests Tony Kofi and Miguel Gorodi for this tribute to the majestic and powerful music of composer, arranger and saxophonist Oliver Nelson, and a celebration of its ability to enlighten and educate.

Matt Skelton directs this special matinee performance, featuring selections from Nelson’s landmark suite for jazz orchestra Afro-American Sketches. This represented Nelson’s first full recording of original big band material and explores racial and political themes that galvanised much of his work. Sketches, composed and recorded in 1961, came out of Nelson’s time studying the musical traditions of nearly 200 African tribes. Its seven movements follow a story that begins on the African continent, suffers the evils of slavery, experiences the temporary joy of rediscovered freedom, expresses the pain of societal oppression, and looks with optimism toward a future that embraces equal rights for all people.

Free, no tickets required

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Venue information

Milton Court, based across the road from our Silk Street building, provides the School with world-class performance and training spaces, including a state of the art concert hall, a lyric theatre, a studio theatre and several major rehearsal rooms.

Milton Court, 1 Milton Street, London, EC2Y 9BH