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Thursday
Jul282016

"The piano ain't got no wrong notes."

...as Thelonious Monk so eloquently put it.  Very true when talking about the playing of Nyjo1's Bethany Sharples, who has just received another distinction with ABRSM.  With a tremendous score of 135 out of a possible 150 at Grade 8 piano, Bethany joins an elite group of musicians to attain ABRSM distinction at Grade 8.  Bethany will be putting her skills to good work in August with Nyjo as they make their annual pilgramage to the Edinburgh Festival!

Well done Bethany!

 

Tuesday
Mar222016

Hitting the Mark...

Huge congratulations from everyone at NYJO to James Bentham - drummer extraordinaire, who achieved Distinction at Grade 8 Trinity board last week.  James (from NYJO1 and Combo, formerly NYJO2 fame) is one of NYJO's longest serving members, and even remembers Ben when he had hair...

Look forward to hearing some more of his great grooves at the next NYJO concert - well done James!


Sunday
Feb282016

NPO - All Jazzed Up...

Upcoming concert announcement!!!

Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra present...

Concert of American Jazz and Dance Music on Saturday 19th March, 7.30pm in The Albert Hall, Nottm.

Featuring the ‘American Melodies’ theme, covering jazz inspired pieces and well-known tunes by Bernstein, Gershwin and Rodgers as well as a fantastic trumpet concerto by Richard Rodney Bennett which has a beautiful slow movement – ‘Elegy for Miles Davis’.

Contact Ben for details of NYJO members ticket discount.

Wednesday
Oct072015

Yet Another NYJO High Flyer!

Bethany Sharples has followed in her brother Ben's footsteps, this week receiving notification from ABRSM that she has been awarded the "Nellie Greenhill Memorial Prize".  This award is for achieving the highest mark in Grade 6 Piano out of all the entries in the Nottingham area in the last year.

Bethany will have her name published in the ABRSM annual review for 2015.  

Bethany has recently made the transition from NYJO2 to NYJO1, and we're very pleased to hear about this successful exam result. Well done Bethany - NYJO is very proud!!! 


Thursday
Mar262015

Words and Music...

As Heidrich Heine once said... "Where words leave off, music begins".  I'm not sure he was speaking directly about the recent NYJO Nottinghamshire Library tour, but his wise words seem to fit on this occasion.  

Hans Christian Andersen on the other hand seems rather more negative with his "Where words fail, music speaks".

I personally prefer "So many books, so little time" - Frank Zappa.  

Well, audiences certainly didn't have much time for reading at Worksop, Southwell and West Bridgford Libraries, as they were treated to a fine selection from the extensive tune library of NYJO1 and Combo.  From vocal blasts such as "Mr Bojangles" and "Wonderwall" to hard bopping "Red Door", classic swing such as "Beyond The Sea" and "On Broadway" to pop toe-tappers "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "What A Fool Believes".  

Rarely are you allowed to make this much noise in a library - thank you Jazz Steps for giving NYJO the opportunity!...

"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence" - Robert Fripp