St Mary’s pupils sing with Cullum as part of festival

Mayor of Derry Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured at the programme launch for the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, which took place in the City Hotel yesterday, with Derry City Council Festivals and Events Manager Karan Leonard and staff and pupils from St Mary's College. The St Mary's College School Choir has been specially selected to support headline act Jamie Cullum when he takes to the stage at the Millennium Forum on May 4th.
Mayor of Derry Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured at the programme launch for the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, which took place in the City Hotel yesterday, with Derry City Council Festivals and Events Manager Karan Leonard and staff and pupils from St Mary's College. The St Mary's College School Choir has been specially selected to support headline act Jamie Cullum when he takes to the stage at the Millennium Forum on May 4th.

There was music in the air at the City Hotel as some of the stars of the City of Derry Jazz Festival gave a small taste of what’s to come over the May Bank Holiday weekend as the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival gets into full swing.

There was music in the air at the City Hotel as some of the stars of the City of Derry Jazz Festival gave a small taste of what’s to come over the May Bank Holiday weekend as the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival gets into full swing.

The Mayor pictured at the launch of the jazz festival.

The Mayor pictured at the launch of the jazz festival.

Festival favourites Mirenda Rosenberg, Gay McIntyre, Paul McIntyre and the John Leighton Trio perfectly set the scene for the launch of this year’s much anticipated programme. This year Derry will welcome modern jazz sensation Jamie Cullum – the highlight event in five days of Jazz, Jump, Jive, Swing, and Blues delivered on note by some of the best artists in the business.

The concert, which takes place on Monday, May 4th, will have a special local element as Jamie has invited none other than the St Mary’s School Choir to support him live on stage.

The artist has a special connection with the school after he dropped in on the choir last year for a jamming session as part of the BBC Radio 4 Piano Pilgrimage series.

Launching the programme yesterday Mayor of Derry Councillor Brenda Stevenson said the festival provided the perfect excuse to visit the city. “I am delighted to launch our programme for the 2015 City of Derry Jazz Festival, and as always it’s jam packed full of top quality entertainment.

For more information on all the events featured in this year’s Jazz Programme go to www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com or visit the City of Derry Jazz Festival Facebook page.