With almost comedic ease, pianist Paul ‘Harry’ Harris tears into a medley jazz piece, with woodwind player Simon Bates switching between alto saxophone, flute and clarinet periodically. It’s a perfect introduction to the launch of a new series of Trinity Guildhall syllabus books for these instruments. After 135 years of instructing students in music, drama and dance, the board is now trying to edge away from classical music, and displays this well with this performance by these two stunning musicians. The pieces themselves are very much below Harris and Bates’ standards, designed not to be played to adoring fans but to be taught and learnt – but the appeal remained even for those of us who were just listening and not learning.
Blackwell’s Bookshop, 18 – 20 Aug, 2.30pm (3.30pm), free, fpp222
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