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RNCM Big Band with Steve Berry

RNCM Theatre, 3 February 2018

For this concert, Steve Berry took stewardship of the RNCM Big Band and, while it may have been a more relaxed and informal affair than usual, the musicianship was as top-notch as ever.

His chosen programme was personal and idiosyncratic, with my favourite piece of music being a South African Township Jazz number that was joyous and uplifting and altogether happy. Over the course of a delightful evening, he coaxed searing solos out of many members of the band. There was a hearty brew of strong tunes to enjoy and, later, to learn about.

Because after all of these RNCM Big Band concerts (and not only Big Band), I  come to realise that my musical knowledge is inadequate, and that ignorance dilutes pleasure. The more you discover, the more you enjoy.