The NYJO Jazz Messengers, a sextet of musicians from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra commissioned to bring Jazz to younger audiences, came to visit schools in the region at the start of October 2017.
Accent was one of only four hubs nationally to have been selected to take part in this exciting project. The Jazz Messengers played a series of concerts visiting The Heath School in Runcorn, Wade Deacon High School in Widnes, Cronton College, Palace Fields Primary School in Runcorn, The Smile Centre in Orford, Sankey Valley St James in Warrington and Westbrook Old Hall School also in Warrington.
Over 700 students from pre-school to Sixth Form, and a few lucky parents too, were able to watch professional musicians play a selection of Jazz classics and original pieces written by Chelsea Carmichael, leader of the group, saxophonist and a Warringtonian no less!
Abby Boak, Events organiser for Accent Music Education Hub said, “This really was a once in a lifetime opportunity for so many of our students, and Accent were thrilled to have been able to offer this to so many schools. It is hugely important that Music Hubs offer access to different contemporary music genres in order to engage more students to participate and progress in a well-rounded Music Education. A huge thank you to the band too- some really outstanding performances!”