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Guildhall Big Band with Josephine Davies

Life Through Music

Image of director, Josephine Davies

Guildhall Big Band is delighted to welcome special guest co-director Josephine Davies to lead Guildhall Big Band in a concert celebrating individuality, life and music.

The first half of the performance will highlight key figures in the world of big band including Mary Lou Williams and Melba Liston. The second half will feature Davies’ own compositions including a world premiere of Gaya’s Breath written in 2020.

Winner of the 2019 Parliamentary Award ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the year’, Josephine Davies is a musical artist at the forefront of the UK contemporary music scene, pushing the boundaries of jazz.

Josephine's unique voice is a blend of classical, jazz and folk music, creating an intensely dynamic sound infused with the Nordic quality of her Shetland roots. Deeply influenced by the American composer Maria Schneider, Josephine was resident composer and tenor player for the London Jazz Orchestra from 2011–2016, and now has her own big band ‘The Enso Ensemble’.

Milton Court Concert Hall