Duo’s Jazzy Take On Popular Classics – Hearbase

Duo’s Jazzy Take On Popular Classics

David Rees-Williams

Pianist and saxophonist combine for afternoon of musical fusion

Pianist David Rees-Williams joins saxophonist Iain Ballamy for the next concert in the 80th anniversary celebration of Canterbury Music Club.

As part of our commitment to the arts locally we are pleased to support the club in its 80th season in which it is staging a series of fantastic concerts with world class performers.


On Sunday, March 13 at 3pm David and Iain will present a reworking of classical and jazz-inspired pieces from
Bach, Corelli, Handel and Purcell to Michel LeGrand and Stan Getz.

The concert takes place at the wonderful Colyer-Fergusson Hall at Kent University, Canterbury.

David Rees-Williams began his musical career as a chorister at New College Oxford and from there he won the top music scholarship to Cranleigh School where he studied piano, oboe and organ. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in 1981. He carries out concert work with his trio, and as a soloist on piano and organ.

Internationally recognised

He teaches piano in Canterbury, both privately and at The King’s School, and Canterbury Christ Church University. The David Rees-Williams Trio was formed in 1988. David’s arrangement of Purcell’s When I Am Laid In Earth from their CD Classically Minded was first played on Radio 3 during the summer of 2001 on Sean Rafferty’s programme In Tune. The response was extraordinary, resulting in the BBC being inundated with enquiries, and subsequently inviting them to record a commercial disc on their new Late Junction label.

ECM recording artist Iain Ballamy is internationally recognised as a saxophonist and composer. He has been described variously as urbane, original, melodic, freethinking and uncompromising.

Listed in the BBC’s publication ‘100 Jazz Greats’ between Count Basie and Chet Baker his work is contemporary with both strong jazz and classical references and yet un-encumbered by formality and tradition.

If you can’t attend this concert tickets are available for a live stream of the performance. To find out more and to book tickets click here.