Reminiscing - From Last Year

Last year London City Big Band were invited into the studio to record some original music of composer O.J and it has just been released on Spotify!

Check it out on the link below!


May 2019

Last month was gloriously busy again with a wide variety of projects across several disciplines.

I had the joy of working with the National Theatre and Queens Theatre Hornchurch on the new adaption of ‘As You Like It’ involving 120 community performers from across London, running some incredible workshops with incredible people. It was an amazing project and I can’t wait to see the finish product in August!


London City Big Band had an amazing time performing at the Spice of Life last Wednesday. Steve Trowell was on vocals sounding fabulous and in Barney’s absence I was allowed to compere which was a joy. Paul Pace said of my chat “Andrew Linham who displayed rare comic timing & hilarious banter broadsides”. If that’s not a credit then I don’t know what is! I’ve stolen some of Paul’s photos which are below!




Didn’t even bother to stand up to talk. LOL.

In other news my lovely jazz orchestra played up a storm in Peterborough last night! See the Instagram pictures below! It was a joyous gig and we premiered a new sickly sweet ballad entitled “I Should Have Run Off With The Choreographer” which went down a storm!

April 2019

April flew by last month with lots of exciting things occuring! I’ve been working with the QYouth of Queens Theatre Hornchurch writing new music for their One Act Play festival which was a tremendous success - it is always exciting creating new work with young people in theatre! I’ve been performing with a few different big bands too, the London City Big Band bringing vibraphone superstar Nat Steele to perform with them at the Spice of Life which was amazing. ECHO have been busy in pubs around East London and we even had a jaunt down to Hastings to perform in a festival there which was fabulous glorious sunshine by the sea - so brilliant! The Urban Big Band have been all over London too with some fantastic gigs performing the Nestico era of Basie and beyond!

This Tuesday 30th April sent me back to Jazz at OB’s in Brentwood to perform an evening of Paul Desmond’s music which was well received and tremendously enjoyable. The picture above was taken during that gig! I’m told at some point a review of the gig will be available

With Ardleigh Green Junior School there has been further development of my assembly song programme of study and an exciting end to last time with the Year 4 Musical writing project. Alongside this I’ve been working on the Junior Music Festivals 2019 bringing together 150 8-11yr olds to sing from schools across Havering and working with Hall Mead School with GCSE composition work! Plus continuing the jazz teaching at Havering Music School!

So what am I up to next?

The next two weeks are filled with work with the National Theatre on their new production of Shakespeares’ ‘As You Like It’ which will see me going all over London working with community groups for the show that will be performing in late August. Very exciting indeed!

The next two London City Big Band dates are Wednesday 29th May and Wednesday 26th June at the Spice of Life. The May date I believe has stellar crooner Steve Trowell with us which is great.

Sunday 2nd June my beloved Jazz Orchestra head to Peterborough Jazz Club as we’ve been invited back to play our collection of off-brand irreverent original material.
More details here.

The rest of my time is filled with the big compositions projects currently underway - more to tell of soon!

And finally, here’s a picture of me as a Jedi in Arundel Castle - it is May the Fourth!

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Time to be a monk.

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Col - Large March 2019

Collarge 2019

On Saturday 2nd March I had the absolute joy of premiering my new large work ‘Col-Large’ written especially for Havering Music Schools’ “Super Saturday” programme and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. It was incredibly exciting to conduct a massive orchestral and large choir, let alone be performing a piece I had written especially for the occasion. Introducing the students (and staff!) to jazz music in this accessible way with a large scale collaborative project (hence the title ‘Col-Large’) was so exciting - seeing everyone embracing scat singing and improvisation and various signals instead of traditional conducting was so incredible. I felt very lucky as a composer to get to experience and premier my own compositions on this kind of scale.

So I bet you’re hoping you can have a listen to it? Well below is a video taken by the head of Saturday Music Centre of the performance which certainly incapsulates the feel of the afternoon if not the whole piece!

It was such an important message to share for live music and performance in Havering and I hope that we can have this piece performed again!

Below is the advert that was created using rehearsal pictures and recordings before the world premier featuring students of the Havering Music School Stage Band which I lead.

Col-Large: February 2019

It’s been a busy February with lots of compositional work to be done!

My main focus has been on a new large scale orchestral piece for Havering Music School and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to play on Super Saturday - March 2nd. Lots of press coverage about this collaboration and outreach work with loads of community music groups all coming together to perform my new piece ‘Col-Large: Collaborative and Large Scale’.

It’s going to be so exciting so do come to Havering Sixth Form College either at 1:20pm to play it or at 3:15pm to hear the finish product! You could even end up on the telly!


I’m also writing the next big band album ‘Christ-Mess Is Coming’ and two other new pieces of theatre alongside potentially a new Theatre In Education show which could showcase lots of new music for Primary School children!

What an exciting month indeed - and March looks to continue the excitement!

Do come and Col-Large with us all on Saturday afternoon!