-New Online Class-
I will be running a new online class in Jazz Improvisation.
Starting on Saturday 16th Jan 10.00-11.30 and running every Saturday until February half term.
This new session will look to develop the harmony, aural and language skills necessary to improvise within the Jazz idiom.
This class is free of charge and open to anyone.
If you would like to sign up or more information please send me an email at William.email@example.com
Numbers will be limited and applications accepted on a first come first served basis. ...
Given the announcement by the Government yesterday of a new national lockdown we have temporarily shelved our reopening plans.
We will look to reopen as soon as Government advice allows.
In the mean time I hope everyone stays safe and keeps on practicing. ...
I’ve just heard on the grapevine that Nigel Beetles -long time HYJO conductor is due to retire this Christmas.
I can’t overstate what a huge influence Nigel had on me and many many others and I wish him all the very best for his well earned retirement.
I managed to dig out this old photo which was taken around 1993/94 and was I think the debut for the infamous HYJO boiler suits.... ...
If Nigel is having a retirement gathering then let me know, I’d love to buy him a pint. He was an inspiration to me and hundreds of others.
More importantly, who is the chiller baby? 😉 Congrats on your retirement, Dad! Can't wait to see you soon xx
A total legend! What amazing memories - although I would rather forget the boiler suits!!!
Wow! Definitely the end of an era. I'm very proud to be part of the HYJO alumni. Happy retirement Nigel! 😁
Tim Sidwell show Tom. He played for HYJO a bit after this.
I could dig out a few more beauties to mark the occasion! Robin Harvey Oli Bird Daniel WebsterCaroline WalshJames Jones Will Jackson you too?
Mike Hughes I thought you might be interested in this!
A living legend!
Iain Baldwin, Antony Prince you look so young!
I am delighted to announce that we have finally been given the go ahead by NYCC to reopen HMC....!
As things stand (we obviously don’t know what the Government guidance will be after the Christmas festivities) we are currently looking to reopen in January, though exact dates have as yet to be finalised with our venue(s).
Though we are able to reopen, this won’t unfortunately be a return to normal and we will be limited in terms of ensemble size and length of rehearsal but it will be wonderful to finally be able to return to making music.
I am moving house this week but as soon as I am able I will be sending out emails with further details.
I look forward to being in touch soon, in the mean time can I wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas & New Year. ...
3 months ago
UPDATE: We had planned to get some of our ensembles back running this side of Xmas, and covid-safe risk assessments had been submitted awaiting approval. Every precaution was taken regarding guidelines and safety.
Sadly, the government’s announcement at the weekend of the new month-long lockdown has put a stop to these plans. The situation will be reviewed again once this current lockdown has ended.
No one more than me wants to see our doors reopen again, as I miss it immensely, but obviously we have to follow all the department of education guidelines. 😢
Keep safe everyone, and keep playing / practicing your instruments !! I can’t wait to see all our musicians walking through our doors once more and enjoying their music making!
Thanks everyone. I will be in touch as soon as we are able to open so watch your emails! ...