Guildhall Induction Jazz Orchestra & Choir

  • 7.30pm
Jazz rhythm section rehearsing in Milton Court


About this event:

Event type:
Booking required | In-person
£15 (£5 concessions)
Milton Court Concert Hall

Event information

Forty years on from its release, Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly gets a unique airing in Guildhall Head of Jazz, Malcolm Edmonstone’s arrangements for big band and choir. Featuring some of Fagen’s best-loved compositions including Maxine, IGY (What A Beautiful World) and Walk Between The Raindrops, this performance is the first opportunity for the new cohort of jazz students at Guildhall to collaborate and perform together on the Milton Court stage.  

Heavily jazz-influenced and partly auto-biographical, The Nightfly evokes the mood of Fagen’s suburban childhood in late 1950s and early 1960s America; late-night jazz disc jockeys, new world visions and post Second World War optimism. At the time of the album's release, Fagen remembered that jazz music offered him an escape in his adolescence: "When I saw 'E.T.,' I realized that the E.T. in my bedroom was my Thelonious Monk records. Everything that he represented was totally unworldly in a way, although at the same time, jazz to me seemed more real than the environment in which I was living." 

The first half of the programme will feature two percussion-led ensembles coached and directed by Guildhall Jazz professors, Ines Loubet and Adriano Adewale. 

Programme & performers

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