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    Take Five Presents: Improvisational Soundscapes

    Sat 20 Nov 2021, 3pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    past event
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    Nathaniel Cross, Romarna Campbell, Sarah Heneghan– new horizons in jazz with wide ranging influences

    This showcase of UK jazz talent features the varied improvisations of J Frisco, John Pope and Samuel Eagles, who all passed through Take Five’s talent programme.

    This afternoon performance is accompanied by an evening show, packed with more Take Five talent.

    A master of improvisation, double bass player John Pope explores the boundaries of and interplay between jazz, rock and experimental music. He is one third of trio Archipelago, and also works as a composer, arranger and facilitator in aid of community outreach and education.

    Saxophonist Samuel Eagles has placed himself in many circles, including bebop, contemporary jazz and Afrobeat. Eagles uses this wealth of experience to search for new paradigms in his own music.

    J Frisco are an avant-garde jazz trio featuring soprano saxophone, electric guitar, keyboards and vocals. They create improvised genre-fluid soundscapes and noise drawn from emotional, political and gender issues.

    All took part in Take Five’s talent development initiative, which supports emerging jazz and improvising musicians through mentorship, residencies and collaborations.

    Past participants include Seb Rochford, Shabaka Hutchings, Yazz Ahmed and Nubya Garcia.

    Need to know

    Age recommendation

    Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult

    An evening show accompanies this afternoon performance.
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    Multi-buy discount
    Book tickets to the Take Five matinee and evening shows in the same transaction to receive a £5 discount.

    Dates & times

    Sat 20 Nov 2021, 3pm


    Standard entry £15*

    Multi-buy discount: Book tickets to the Take Five matinee and evening shows in the same transaction to receive a £5 discount.

    Concessions 25%**

    * Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

    ** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

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    An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

    A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

    The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.


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    Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

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