Autumn Crocus

Winning the BBC Big Band Competition!

Both my sons went to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and, in addition to performing in the famous symphony orchestra, they really loved playing in the big band. When they were away at school I only saw them every three weeks and it was always exciting to catch up with the latest additions to their musical  repertoires.

My youngest boy became particularly fond of jazz piano and  it is still his first love. He was studying for his grade eight piano exam and, having been playing some very serious stuff, turned up one weekend and played the most delightful melody I have ever heard, a piece by the 1930s composer Billy Mayerl called “Autumn Crocus”.

This lovely piece still takes me back to those exciting days, if you would like to download it for free then right click on this link:  Autumn Crocus and click “save link as”. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If you want to know more about Chetham’s School then click on the logo:

The School’s aims are to educate musically gifted children between the ages of 8 and 18, whatever their social, ethnic and cultural background and financial circumstances, to provide as broad an academic curriculum as is possible within a specialist school and to develop the whole person, furthering the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each student.” Chetham’s does exactly that, outstandingly.


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