So it has been two months since we provided an update on the Glow Arts adventures and it has been eventful as ever!
We had a really successful trip to Jazzahead! in Bremen with our new project Jazz from Scotland where we were promoting Scottish jazz and the sector to delegates from across the world. The conference has sparked some new potential partnerships and concert opportunities for Scottish Musicians. To keep up with the project check out the website www.jazzfromscotland.com
Jennifer is working with Glasgow Jazz Festival again this year, the festival was launched on International Jazz Day on the 30th April and kicks off in just 11 days time! Five days of some of the most fantastic Jazz music starts on the 24th June until 28th June. Check out the website www.jazzfest.co.uk for more details & Tickets. We can highly recommend Phil O’Malley’s Threadneedle which is the Glasgow based Trombonists first solo project featuring Steve Hamilton, Calum Gourlay, Graeme Stephen and John Lowrie.
Last month seen us take the very difficult decision to wrap up the Glow Arts Presents concert series, over the past few years we have had the great pleasure of bringing some amazing acts to Glasgow and seeing them build new audiences. However it has been a significant commitment both in terms of time and financial risk for the Glow Arts team which was sadly no longer sustainable due to the low number of people buying tickets in advance for shows. We will still be doing the occasional show just not on the scale we had been. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our audiences that have supported us so far!
Jennifer is just back from an amazing trip to Melbourne, Australia and the National Celtic Folk Festival in Portarlington in her role as Board Member for Feis Rois. Feis Rois has developed a cultural exchange with the festival and has been taking the organisations young Ceilidh Trail musicians over for the past three years alongside a professional musician, this year The Duplets, to do a programme of workshops, community concerts, collaborations with young Australian musicians and perform at the festival. In addition, Jennifer was also able to launch the fantastic Hands up for Trad project – FolkWaves to the Australian market!
We were also delighted to return to find out that we had been awarded funding from Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative host a Youth Music Symposium. We wish to create a new network of musicians & music tutors that live or work in the East End of Glasgow, provide them with a one day event that will provide them with new skills and inspiration that will enable them to deliver high quality music activities to young people in the area. If your interested in finding out more then sign up to our mailing list here.