International Jazz stars appearing in school concert

13th January 2017

Scarisbrick Hall School will be hosting a world-class concert given by international jazz stars Dennis Rollins (trombone) and Alan Barnes (Saxophones/clarinet) on Saturday, January 21.

These two heavy-weights of jazz will be backed by the North West based Swingshift Big Band, directed by Phil Shotton, musician in residence at Scarisbrick Hall School. Students from the school and the surrounding areas will be taking part in a jazz masterclass workshop during the day, led by Dennis and Alan. The student’s work will be showcased during the first half of the concert, followed by Swingshift and the guest artists. The concert will end with all musicians taking part for a roof raising grand finale!

(photo of Henry James)

Also performing on the night are the Liverpool Jazz Flute Big Band, direct from their recent performance at the London Jazz Festival and only the second ensemble of its type in the world. The Jazz Flute Big Band is directed by Phil Shotton and features James Bullock and Sarah Gloyne from the school’s Performing Arts faculty staff within the ensemble.

The concert will take place at 7pm in Scarisbrick Hall School’s theatre, Scarisbrick Hall School, Southport Road, Scarisbrick, L40 9RQ. Tickets are available online at

The jazz masterclass and concert have been developed as part of the Schools International Centre for Wind Ensemble Education programme. For more information, visit