|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.