Wednesday, July 16 - Devon Youth Jazz orchestra wins tops prize

PUBLISHED: 19:02 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 June 2010

DEVON Youth Jazz Orchestra has won a top prize at the National Festival for Youth Music.

DEVON Youth Jazz Orchestra has won a top prize at the National Festival for Youth Music.

The orchestra, which ahs delighted Exmouth audiences in the past, received the 'Highly Commended Performance' award.

The orchestra, who were competing against some of the best youth bands from all over the country, were praised by judges for their interpretation of jazz classics including John Coltrane's 'Moment's Notice' and Oliver Nelson's 'Stolen Moments'.

The quality of the band's soloists Ben Lowman (tenor sax) and Tim Carter (guitar) were also singled out.

The orchestra's conductor, Graham Hutton, said: "We went into it telling the band to enjoy themselves and just make the best music that they could.

"I have to say that I think they played absolutely to the best of their ability and it was a total joy to be involved in helping them realise their potential."

The massive event took place in Birmingham over six days and was a showcase of the UK's most talented young musicians, celebrating every style of music from all corners of the country.

The orchestra has this year performed at events including performances at Exmouth Manor Gardens, Dartmouth Music Festival, Devon County Show and Exeter Festival.

Executive Member for Children and Young People's Services, Councillor John Smith, said: "We are so proud of the performance that our young people put on.

"They put their hearts into it and it is wonderful that they have been recognised in this way."

DYJO is run by Devon County Council's Music Service, alongside six other youth ensembles spanning a range of musical styles.

All seven groups will be recruiting for new members in September.

For more information, please see the website www.devon.gov.uk/musicservice

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