8.00 pm CHAPEL ALLERTON FESTIVAL BAND
Big band leader performer and arranger Dave Evans has been rehearsing a brand new community band – the first ever for Chapel Allerton Festival! Dave’s idea was to engage community musicians – local people who play instruments but might not regularly play in a band. Dave wanted to bring people together in a joyful celebration of music and to demonstrate to them and to the community what can be achieved in a short space of time. The band got together during August and has rehearsed intensively leading up to this performance at Seven Arts.
8.40pm ROMMI SMITH – JAZZ AND POETRY
Rommi Smith with Dave Evans keyboard, Kenny Higgins bass
Rommi Smith is a poet, a jazz singer and a writer. She has written a number of sketches about jazz. She will be performing her poetry accompanied by two of the city’s best jazz musician – Dave Evans (Fruit Tree Project) on piano and Kenny Higgins (Corrine Bailey Rae, Pan Jumbi) on bass. Rommi has held numerous prestigious poetry residencies in the UK. Rommi has written and performed extensively across BBC Radio. Appointed Parliamentary Writer in Residence, Rommi’s appointment was the first of its kind in both British and Parliamentary history. Inaugural Poet in Residence at Keats’ House, London Rommi also served as British Council Poet in Residence at California State University, Los Angeles. Rommi teaches creative writing for a wealth of organisations and institutions, including: The International Schools’ Theatre Association; The Arvon Foundation and The Poetry School. Rommi mentored Theatre Masters’ students at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Hear her work here…
Rommi Smith will be running a Workshop on her poetry and performance at Seven Arts before the concert 6-7pm – cost £5 or free to those attending the concert.Buy Tickets