Lessons in improvisation with the Engines Orchestra
This afternoon musicians from the Lower School were treated to a brilliant workshop with the Engines Orchestra, led by this year’s Parliamentary Newcomer of the Year award-winner, saxophonist/composer Phil Meadows. Mr Meadows has taught part-time at the Vaughan for nearly two years, presenting pupils with a range of new music that demonstrates the vitality of the international jazz scene.
The theme of the workshop was improvisation and collaborative music-making, the boys challenged to put their own creativity to the test by creating their own piece of music in just an hour and a half - without writing anything down. The result was surprisingly accomplished, the boys working together to produce a four-minute piece of music that not only sounded impressive but utilised each and every one of their talents.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the Engines Orchestra for providing our musicians with this wonderful experience, and wish them the best of luck with their launch at London Jazz Festival on Saturday 22 November.
Click here to find out more about the Engines Orchestra.