A young jazz musician is returning to his Leicester roots to give a concert at the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre on Saturday 30 October 1999 at 7.30 pm.
At just 24, Richard Fairhurst has already met with national critical acclaim as a pianist and composer.
In 1998 he was designated a Steinway International Artist, joining such musical giants as Duke Ellington, Stravinsky, Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. His debut album, The Hungry Ants, won the Perrier Outstanding Debut Jazz CD of the Year award and reached number 4 in the Virgin National Jazz Chart, while his second album, Formic, received enthusiastic reviews in the national press when it came out in November 1998.
Richard Fairhurst's recital at the Richard Attenborough Centre includes a commission that originated with Phoenix Arts, involving two films, which will be shown.
He is no stranger to the Centre, where he is currently running a beginners' jazz class which has generated a lot of excitement among its participants.
Coope Boys and Simpson will be making their first appearance at the Richard Attenborough Centre on Thursday 4 November at 7.30 pm, with an evening of their distinctive unaccompanied folk singing. Their style, which comes from the English folk tradition, appeals to lovers of roots, rock and art music and has beet met with high praise from the critics in these fields.
Their first record was Roots Album of the Year in the rock magazine, Q, and their live debut on BBC Radio 4 was enthusiastically received by classical composer Steve Martland.
Formally opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, in May 1997, the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts is open to everybody, but has a special focus on people with disabilities and other members of the public who may have found access to arts education difficult. Its work has evolved from courses run by the University's Department of Adult Education for groups under-represented in adult and community education.
Tickets to both events cost £12 (concessions £11 and £7.50). For details contact the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts, PO Box 138, University Road, Leicester LE1 9HN, telephone 0116 252 2455, minicom 0116 223 1520, fax 0116 252 5165, email RACentre@le.ac.uk
Note for editors: Further details are available from Philip Herbert, Organising Tutor for Music, Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455.
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