|The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor Alderman Roger Gifford,
Alderman David Graves (Chair, Guildhall School)
Peteris Sokoloskis (principal ‘cello, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra)
This shot was taken just after the Lord Mayor of London had unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the Guildhall School’s new premises at Milton Court. The new accommodation includes a 608-seater concert hall, a quite stunning 223-seater theatre, and various workshop spaces and much else besides, a total gross floor area of 11,385 square metres. The facilities, form part of Heron International’s Milton Court development, which also includes 284 new high-spec residential units in a 36-floor tower.
|Guildhall School Jazz Quintet – names below|
After the main symphony concert and the presentation of a brace of honorary degrees had finished, a fine quintet of Guildhall jazz students took over the main stage of the big concert hall: Trumpet – Miguel Gorodi, Alto Sax – Sam Braysher, Piano – Rob Brockway, Bass – Andrew Robb and Drums – David Ingamells. I was also seriously impressed by a long set of standards played as background to he reception by a trio from the Centre for Young Musicians, a division of Guildhall. Hats off to Jermaine Amissah and David Bush (saxophones) and Patrick McCann (piano).
There are two significant bass-themed jazz events in the new premises in November – see our previous feature.