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16th Jan, 2022

Brilliant music - and all for a great cause - as MYJO returns to Redditch

MUSIC lovers can enjoy a great night out and support local charity Carers Careline when the highly acclaimed Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) returns to Redditch for an evening of live big band music.

The concert, promoted by the Rotary Club of Redditch, is at Trinity High School next Saturday, October 12 at 7.30pm, and is the fourth occasion in recent years that MYJO have performed here in support of Rotary and its charitable work.

MYJO has been described as one of the world’s top young big bands. For 20 years it was unbeaten in the BBC National Big Band Competition, including the final year in 2006.

The band has been successful in a number of international big band competitions and has appeared in concert with many of the most famous names in jazz and entertainment, including Arturo Sandoval, Rob McConnell, Bob Florence, Benny Carter and BBC2’s Claire Teal.

Tours have included the USA, Russia, Canada and Europe.

The band is led by top trumpeter John Ruddick, who has performed with the Don Lusher Big Band and BBC Big Band, and worked with such names as Sir Bruce Forsyth, George Shearing and Peggie Lee.

Over the years, MYJO has included talented young players from Redditch, several of whom have made successful careers in the music industry.

In recent years, its line-up included Xhosa Cole, winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018

Carers Careline was established in March 1988 and its aim is to promote the health, mental and emotional wellbeing of adult carers, especially the elderly in the local community, through the identification of hidden carers, early intervention, preventative action and pastoral care.

This fundraising event is being sponsored by McCarthy & Stone, to promote their Milward Place retirement living development in Redditch.

Tickets for the concert, £12, can be obtained from the Guest Services kiosk in Worcester Square, Kingfisher Centre, (next to Costa) or by visiting where there is additional information including further options for ticket purchases.

Photo shows MYJO Musical Director John Ruddick MBE, Photo credit: Tony Banks Images

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