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“Swinging Europe” hits St Andrews

Some of Europe’s most gifted young jazz musicians are set to hit the high notes in St Andrews next month (July) as part of the “Swinging Europe” Tour.

The European Jazz Youth Orchestra will treat enthusiasts to a unique blend of musical magic at the University’s Younger Hall on 23rd July, 2001.

By the time they reach St Andrews, the EJYO will have already swung in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and England, including a week long stint at the famous Soho jazz club Ronnie Scott’s.

St Andrews plays host to the orchestra for the first time and the Younger Hall concert is one of only two dates in Scotland this year, the other taking place in Glasgow.

“We at the University of St Andrews’ Music Centre are absolutely delighted that this wonderful European group have chosen to play here as part of their ‘Swinging Europe’ tour,” said Julian Clayton, Director.

With a mission to “make Europe swing”, the group consists of a talented ensemble, who play together for just one month a year, with new members joining every summer.

The show, which has been running since 1997, promises to be a musical extravaganza of European Jazz, including new tunes composed by a variety of talented European musicians.

The group of twenty musicians, consisting of young people from all over Europe (including 3 from the United Kingdom), have a strong blend of musical and cultural backgrounds, and claim to be “more than just another jazz band”.

The EJYO are funded by the European Union as part of a unique project to support and promote young and talented musicians. By 2003, it is hoped that a representative from all 43 European countries will take part in “Swinging Europe”.

During the month of July, the orchestra will stop at no less than 6 European countries, and play at least 15 concerts.

Music fans are urged to book tickets quickly, as the show promises to be a sell-out.

Tickets for the Younger Hall date are priced £5 for adults, and £2.50 concessions. For further information and advance ticket booking, please call the Music Centre, Younger Hall on 01334 462226.

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Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews Contact Gayle Cook on 01334 467227, mobile 07900 050103, or email gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk

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