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The City of Derry Jazz Festival welcomes you to join in the celebrations for the 14th instalment of the event!
During the May Bank Holiday weekend the Walled City reverberates to the distinctive jazz rhythms echoing from theatres, bars, shopping centres, restaurants and on the city streets!SWING by the city and join in our musical celebration of the music that unites the four corners of the world!
2015 FESTIVAL HEADLINER
Jamie Cullum with Special Guests St Mary's College Choir
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jamie Cullum, returns to the city for his debut performance at the Millennium Forum on Monday 4th May, headlining this year’s City of Derry Jazz Festival.
Since his debut album, Twentysomething in 2004, Jamie has enjoyed a hugely successful career resulting in collaborations with everyone from Pharrell Williams to Los Angeles production maestro, Greg Wells, and genius reimaginings of tracks by Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Buckley. His latest album, Interlude, has recently made The Telegraph’s list of Best Jazz Albums of 2014.
Speaking on his headline gig at the Forum, Jamie said:
"I visited Derry last year during the city’s year as UK City of Culture, and I was really impressed by the wealth of young musical talent. Music is something that clearly lies at the heart of the city and I’m really looking forward to bringing my music to a wider audience there this time round. I hope the welcome will be just as warm as the one I received on my last visit.”
St Mary's College Choir
Derry has a reputation for being the “City of Song” and St Mary’s College choir is following in this long standing choral tradition. In the past couple of years a large junior choir, senior choir and a chamber choir has been established. The choir has a very active role in the community singing at: the local hospice, music festivals, religious services and community events. For the past 3 years they have won all post-primary choral competitions in the Derry Feis. Last year we were fortunate to perform and record with the talented Jazz pianist, Jamie Cullum and feature in his BBC documentary: ‘The Piano pilgrimage’.
Among our highlights and successes over the past couple of years are: ‘The All Island Choir Competition’, The Cork Choral Festival, Bangor Choral Festival, first winners of the inaugural ‘City of Derry Choral Competition’ and being awarded, ‘Choir of the Day’ in ‘Choir of The Year Competition’ in Glasgow, May 2014.
Last remaining tickets on sale now from the Millennium Forum, from £35 Call the Box Office on (028) 7126 4455
We are delighted to showcase our highly acclaimed homegrown talent such as Gay and Paul McIntyre, and welcome to the city firm festival favourites, the Jive Aces, Harry Connolly, Ricky Cool and the In Crowd, Derry Jazz Quartet, The Roaring forties, Cat Scratch Fever and Mission Impossible to name but a few!
The Playhouse Speakeasy Bar is back!
Experience the excitement of the prohibition era and enjoy jam back sessions and live performances in a sumptuous 1920’s style speakeasy club setting.
Jazz Festival 2014 Highlights