Further to our earlier article regarding our percussion teacher Mr Birch, who is the drummer for ARQ (The Alison Rayner Quintet), we are thrilled to report that following the group's nomination for Best Jazz Ensemble for 2018 in this year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards, they were announced as winners at the cenermony on Tuesday 16th October. This is a prestigious national award, supported by a cross party group of MPs, recognising the best jazz musicians and groups in the country. As well as lots of UK touring throughout 2018, ARQ also completed a 2000-mile tour of Germany in September, playing at many different sold out venues.
Their achievement is reported on the front page of London Jazz News today… and available to view here:
If any St Olave’s students are interested in learning to play the drums, please see Mr Birch during P5 in the Music Department, where he teaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.