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ALL GIRLS BIG BAND

by Grum Frith
ALL GIRLS BIG BAND

All Girl Big Band: a very tight, disciplined group; a powerhouse of sound.

The All Girl Big Band is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Formed at the beginning of 2016, the group brings together talented female jazz musicians from around Christchurch.

Most of the band members are professional musicians or music teachers with a wide range of ages, from high-school-student age to the most mature member, Jill Fenton, who is 77 and took up the trombone in her late 40s.

“The band has a great vibe and everyone brings a super energetic and positive nature to our rehearsals and concerts. We love playing in bands with the lads; however, the idea was to celebrate the female musicians of the city, and we feel privileged to be able to fill the numbers of a full big band.” – Kate Taylor

Taylor, who is the vocal tutor at Ara Music Arts, first developed the idea for an All Girl Big Band alongside saxophonist and music director Lana Law.

At first it seemed “a crazy, out of the box idea”, but then they realised they knew enough women who could make up a big band.

The All Girl Big Band debuted at In the Loop at the Court Theatre as part of their Hidden Artists segment. Since then they have had stunning success with gigs for Jazz After Work, and the Swingtown Rebels.

ALL GIRLS BIG BAND BY THE POOL

by Grum Frith
ALL GIRLS BIG BAND BY THE POOL

PAY THE NORMAL THERMAL POOLS ENTRY FEE & LISTEN TO:

The All Girls Big Band: a very tight, disciplined group; a powerhouse of sound.

The All Girl Big Band is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Formed at the beginning of 2016, the group brings together talented female jazz musicians from around Christchurch.

Most of the band members are professional musicians or music teachers with a wide range of ages, from high-school-student age to the most mature member, Jill Fenton, who is 77 and took up the trombone in her late 40s.

“The band has a great vibe and everyone brings a super energetic and positive nature to our rehearsals and concerts. We love playing in bands with the lads; however, the idea was to celebrate the female musicians of the city, and we feel privileged to be able to fill the numbers of a full big band.” – Kate Taylor

Taylor, who is the vocal tutor at Ara Music Arts, first developed the idea for an All Girl Big Band alongside saxophonist and music director Lana Law.

At first it seemed “a crazy, out of the box idea”, but then they realised they knew enough women who could make up a big band.

The All Girl Big Band debuted at In the Loop at the Court Theatre as part of their Hidden Artists segment. Since then they have had stunning success with gigs for Jazz After Work, and the Swingtown Rebels.

 

LISA TUI IN CONCERT

by Grum Frith
LISA TUI IN CONCERT

CONCERT NIGHT AT THE HERITAGE:
A stunning evening of thoughtful and engaging music
nestled in the heart of the Heritage Hotel Hanmer.

Hearty, fun, intelligent and inspiring: Lisa
Tui deepens our appreciation of Living with
Love, Loss & Lust in song. She and her ensemble
offer a potent and enlivening musical experience.

‘Lisa has got such a rich, beautiful voice.’

‘She’s sultry, a story teller, soulful and honest, from the heart’.

‘I loved the versatility of the music, very clever.’

Access her music @ LISATUI.Com

SCHOOLS PROGRAMMES TUTORS

by Grum Frith

Music & Arts Hanmer Springs is putting together packages for schools, similar and in conjunction with Activity Hanmer programs. We are looking for tutors, with the expertise, knowledge , skills and experience, who might be available to run 2.5hr sessions for 10-12 students. Is this you? Do you know someone who might be interested in passing on their skill and knowledge in Music, Arts, Dance, Drama, Textiles , Photography, Film? Email musicandarts@hanmersprings.org.nz