HALLmarks Spring Jazz Concert


We are delighted to invite you to a HALLmarks Spring Jazz Concert featuring the opportunity to learn more about the Norham St Edmund project: a once-in-a-generation development for the Hall of 127 study bedrooms and communal facilities.

There will be a drinks and canapés reception following the concert with an update on Norham St Edmund, and exhibition on the project.

Timings will be as follows:

From 3.30pm: Arrival
4.00pm: Concert (including interval) in the Old Dining Hall
6.00pm: Drinks and canapés served in Front Quad (weather dependent), with an update on the Norham St Edmund project
7.00pm: Event ends

The concert features the jazz quartet led by Aularian Alyn Shipton (1972, English). It has played in many parts of the UK from Dorset to Tyneside, but is particularly popular in the Oxford area. It is currently based at the jazz club in Watlington, and over the years the band has built up a strong following for its mixture of music, covering almost every era of jazz from the 1920s onwards. The featured musicians include trumpeter Ian Smith, who has worked with a host of different bands including Bryan Ferry’s orchestra and the Oxford-based Vile Bodies. Guitarist Jez Cook has played in a variety of settings, and is particularly celebrated for his mastery of the gipsy jazz guitar style of Django Reinhardt. Alyn Shipton has worked with traditional bandleader Ken Colyer, played and recorded with many US swing and mainstream musicians, and is a regular presenter of jazz on BBC Radio 3. And finally, instead of the statue of Sir John Dankworth in the photo, the band will also include a real live saxophonist, Olly Wilby, who is not only a regular with Ray Gelato’s Giants of Jive, but internationally known for his work with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra.

The price is £40 per person, and you are welcome to bring up to 2 guests.

Bookings for this event have now closed. Please contact Emily Bruce for last minute availability.