Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra at Centre for Jazz and Popular Music
UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music features England’s Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra (LYJRO) playing live this evening (July 23).
The LYJRO Big Band, which has been in existence since 1991, offers young people of Leeds the opportunity of experiencing through performance the spectrum of jazz-related styles ranging from swing to hip-hop and funk.
The LYJRO recently held a sponsored play-a-thon fundraiser at the Leeds Civic Hall to help pay for the orchestra’s Durban project. The orchestra has raised £16 000 (about R288 000) in the past three years to visit primary schools and arts centres in England and help with music education.
During their visit to Durban the band – which has been on two previous tours of South Africa – will perform with local musicians and hold music workshops.
Guitarist in the orchestra, 17-year-old Ms Carmel Smickersgill, said: ‘I’m very excited to be here in Durban and at UKZN. The benefits of bringing music to a community are unimaginable. It just makes people get on better.
‘People in Durban are a lot more open about dancing and singing along to the music here and I like that.’
Orchestra leader, Mr Brendan Duffy, said: ‘When we go out to Durban and UKZN we hope to bring everyone together.’
• Catch LYJRO live at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN’s Howard College campus this evening (Wednesday, 23 July). Doors open at 17h30 and music starts at 18h00. Entry fee is R40 (Pensioners R20 and students R15). Contact Thuli on
031-260-3385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za for more details.