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Serious

Serious is one of the UK’s leading producers of live jazz, international and new music, producing concerts, tours and festivals including the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £449,302
  • 2013-2014: £459,635
  • 2014-2015: £472,496

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Adriano Adewale; Catapluf's Musical Journey

Commissioned by the EFG London Jazz Festival, Catapluf's Musical Journey is a new work by multi-instrumentalist Adriano Adewale. Adriano and the Festival's Learning team worked in partnership in the run-up to the Festival to develop a concert for children aged 5-7 featuring Catapluf, a character whose imagination travels to places where everything is music; saucepans, water, drums and even the body! The performances played to sold-out audiences of delighted children and adults during the EFG London Jazz Festival 2013. The 50-minute show is packed full of music from every corner of the globe and loads of ideas to take back to the classroom and featured Jenny Adejayan on cello, Marcelo Andrade and Giuliano Pereira both on saxophone, flute and guitar, Andres Ticino on percussion and Adriano Adewale on -- saucepans and everything else!

Robert Glasper Experiment, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, 12 March 2014

Robert Glasper has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz, and the other in hip hop. Following his sell-out Royal Festival Hall show, a headline appearance at the iTunes Festival, a Grammy win for Black Radio, and triumphant set at the Love Supreme Festival, Robert returns to London for a one-off show at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith to celebrate the release of Black Radio 2 -- on Blue Note -- with which he continues to stake out new musical territory, drawing on jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock, and refusing to be defined by any one genre. For details and tickets go to www.serious.org.uk/robertglasper

BT River of Music - Soul Caribbean

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

BT River of Music - Roberto Fonseca

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

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BT River of Music - Africa Highlights

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

BT River of Music - Scissor Sisters

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

BT River of Music - America Highlights

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

BT River of Music - Europe Highlights

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

BT River of Music - Saxophone Massive

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

BT River of Music - Soul Caribbean Backstory

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

BT River of Music - BTRoM Overall Highlights

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

BT River of Music - BTRoM Teaser

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

BT River of Music - Noisettes Backstory

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

BT River of Music - Saxophone Massive Backstory

BT River of Music was a once-in-a-lifetime two-day free festival of live music from all Olympic and Paralympic nations, which took place on Saturday 21st and 22nd July welcoming the world to London the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

Soul Caribbean Backstory

BT River of Music represented the Caribbean through a new collaboration, Soul Caribbean, which drew together musicians and singers from across the island nations to perform new arrangement by trumpet/band leader Kevin Robinson. Theatre Royal Stratford East's community choir, the Stratford East Singers, led by Byron Gold joined the band for the Jamaican leg of their musical journey. Produced in partnership with Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Saxophone Massive Backstory

Written and led by UK saxophonist and composer Andy Sheppard, this large scale participation project provides the opportunity for saxophonists of all ages and abilities to perform en masse in public spaces and unusual places. The project was originally created in 2006 as The Living Bridge to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Brunel and launched the new lighting for the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. Since then, Saxophone Massive has evolved to include performances in the London Jazz Festival, Leeds Fuse Festival and Norwich and Norfolk Festival. Internationally, the project has been staged at Jazz sous les Pommiers in Coutances, France and in Stavanger, Norway, as part of its European Capital of Culture programme and has had two outings in Switzerland in Stans and Coully. In the summer of 2012 the biggest ever Saxophone Massive took place in the stunning surroundings of London's Somerset House. 200 saxophonists, aged 7 - 77, from across Europe performed alongside Andy at BT River of Music.

Ludovico Einaudi talking about his upcoming show at Hammersmith Apollo, 22 January 2014

Ludovico Einaudi talking about his Hammersmith Apollo show on 22 January 2014. Visit www.serious.org.uk/einaudi for all of Einaudi's upcoming UK dates.

BT River of Music 2012 - highlights

A short video showing highlights of the BT River of Music project in 2012.

Big Sing

Produced by Serious, Big Sing brings together non- professional singers with inspiring vocal leaders from a diverse range of styles. This edition of Big Sing was led by dynamic choir director and performer Audrey Mattis. Over three intensive workshops participants learnt new repertoire and arrangements of gospel classics, leading to a performance ahead of Sweet Honey in the Rock's concert at Barbican on 23 March 2013. For more information about Big Sing and Serious' Learning & Participation programme in general please visit http://www.serious.org.uk/about/learning-participation

Global Sounds

Global Sounds is a three-year project produced in partnership with Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES) with support from City Bridge Trust. The first incarnation of this project was led by Arun Ghosh and culminated in a performance at BT River of Music in July 2012. Find out more here: http://www.serious.org.uk/about/learning-participation/current-projects/global-sounds

BT River of Music - Participation Programme highlights

BT River of Music, part of the London 2012 Festival, was one of the most ambitious musical events ever staged in London. On July 21/22 2012 over 100,000 music fans were entertained by over 1500 musicians representing all 204 Olympic and Paralympic nations at six iconic venues along the Thames, including the Tower of London and Trafalgar Square. Alongside world-class stars, like Scissor Sisters, Zakir Hussain and Baaba Maal, the festival included a massive participation programme. Through the participation programme, which spanned three years, Serious developed new collaborations and grew existing relationships with partners across the UK. Some 2,000 people took part in the participatory programme, ranging from primary school pupils to pensioners. Across the country professional artists worked alongside amateur musicians and participants, many for whom this was their first experience of an arts project. Find out more here: http://www.serious.org.uk/about/creative-producers/recent-highlights/bt-river-of-music-1

MetBPA present Celebration of Life Concert 2012: Peter Hunnigale meets Chaynce Gaynor-Mighty

Next Friday 19 October the Metropolitan Black Police Association bring their annual Celebration of Life Concert to the Royal Festival Hall once again. To get your tickets, go to http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/music/classical/tickets/naturally-7-guests-68051

Beats & Pieces Big Band - UK tour

Chris Corbishley grabbed five minutes backstage with Beats & Pieces Big Band leader Ben Cottrell before their album launch at Ronnie Scott's on Monday 20 February. He also caught up with some enthusiastic audience members post-gig. Beats & Pieces Big Band are on tour now. Visit www.serious.org.uk for more info.

Beats & Pieces Big Band - Live at Ronnie Scott's

Last month, we ran a competition on the Serious blog (www.serious.org.uk), asking Beats & Pieces Big Band fans to propose a pop song to be scored for big band. The winning song was performed at the band's album launch at Ronnie Scott's on Monday 20 February. Can you guess what the song is? Email seriouscompetitions@gmail.com, and be entered into a competition to win a signed copy of the new album Big Ideas (out Monday 12 March).

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