04:45AM, Sunday 16 March 2014
Young musicians from across the area enjoyed a jazz event at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.
Cox Green School in Highfield Lane brought their 29-piece jazz orchestra to take part in the annual Schools Jazz Day at the centre in Altwood Road on Friday, March 7.
Along with pupils from The Piggott School in Twyford Road, Wargrave and Farnborough College, Hampshire, the musicians rehearsed in workshops and masterclasses with professional jazz players.
For the first time, the event was opened up to school choirs and wind bands.
That evening the students put on a performance before their mentors took to the stage themselves for 'Jazz at the Farm'.
"It is always really exciting because there is always a real buzz in the building," said Sally Worman, Norden Farm's marketing manager.
The mentors for the day included Simon Allen on saxophone, Peter Churchill on vocals, Mike Soper on trumpet, Clark Tracey on percussion and Malcolm Edmondstone on piano.
The day was organised by the Reading-based Pendulum Jazz Orchestra, formerly known as the British Youth Jazz Orchestra.
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