This Saturday 25 February 2012, saxophonist Mobo winner Yolanda Brown brings her UK tour to the Thameside Theatre, Grays. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are Adults £18.00 each, Students and Under 16 Years £12.00 each. As a special treat, Yolanda is holding a workshop at 2.30pm for everyone that has bought a ticket for the show, giving them a chance to play with her and listen to her fantastic story to inspire themselves. Places must be prebooked for the workshop with the Box Office to confirm ages and level of standard (grades) of attendees.
Yolanda Brown is the premier female saxophonist in the UK and is currently on a tour of the UK to promote her first debut Album, April Showers, May Flowers. The album is a wonderful mix that touches lightly on jazz and soul and R&B. Yolanda says. ‘People often ask me what my target audience is,’ ‘Thing is, when I look out into the audience at my shows, I can’t really tell. I see all sorts: all ethnicities, all ages, either sex. So really, I guess, I’m making music for everyone.’ ‘I mean, why limit yourself?’
She was born in Barking in the early 1980’s. Her father was in advertising, her mother a Head Teacher. By the age of six, she was already something of a musical prodigy. Her first instrument was the piano, but, never much caring for the theoretical side; she gradually lost interest, and gravitated instead to the violin, and then the drums. The next few years saw a fleeting interest in several more instruments, the oboe and the recorder among them. But by the age of 13, she had settled for the saxophone, with which she felt most comfortable and also most naturally inclined towards – so much so, that she refused her parents’ offer of lessons, and simply did precisely what it is that defines all musical prodigies: she taught herself.
She won the MOBO Award for ‘Best Jazz’ in 2008 and 2009 and has performed for the President of Russia and the Prime Minister of Jamaica sand been invited to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Yolanda is also a celebrity Ambassador for HRH the Prince of Wales and his Prince’s Trust Charity and also a Patron of Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s MFYM Fund.
Tickets are still available for the concert and the workshop and are available by calling the Box Office on Tel: 0845 300 5264.