Saturday 15th July
Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra (12.00 – 2.30pm)
Emma Rawicz Quartet (3.00 -5.00pm)
Emma Rawicz is a multi-award winning young saxophonist and composer, already making waves on the UK music scene. She has been described as “An astonishing new talent” (Jamie Cullum – BBC Radio 2), “a force to be reckoned with”(Jazzwise) and “a fast-rising star” (London Jazz News).
Emma’s most recent album, Incantation, was recorded in summer 2022 and features an all-star band of Ivo Neame, Ant Law, Conor Chaplin and Asaf Sirkis.
Emma has also created a name for herself both as a bandleader and a sideman. Although a new arrival on the scene, she has already made an impact, regularly playing at major London jazz venues with a wide range of established musicians.
Formed in 1976 by Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council , Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra aims to train and develop the musical skills of its members through the performance of big band music from 1930’s to the present. WYJO has worked with a number of the world’s top musicians including Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Shue, James Morrison.
Up until 2011 WYJO was directed by Dr Ian Darrington MBE. Upon Ian’s retirement, former WYJO member and now Wigan’s Head of Music Service David Little has served as the band’s MD.