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  1. Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2016

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    Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, Cheltenham Jazz Festival is taking place across six days from April 27th – May 2nd. The festival is hosted in a tented festival village in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens, featuring a Big Top stage, the Jazz Arena, a new Family Tent featuring workshops, performances and sing-alongs and a food and drink area surrounding the Free Stage.

    Horus Music is one of the proud sponsors and will also be sponsoring the Free Stage.

    Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2016

    The 2016 Cheltenham Jazz Festival will once again deliver a hugely diverse programme that combines established stars with up and coming talent from across the worlds of jazz, blues, pop and soul and will also see the initiation of an expanded ‘…around town’ programme featuring pop up gigs and performances in various indoor and outdoor spaces across Cheltenham.

    In what is arguably its most star-studded line-up to date, this year’s festival will feature performances from Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lianne La Havas, the queen of UK soul Beverley Knight, Elbow front man Guy Garvey performing tracks from his 2015 album Courting The Squall, a show by popular UK songstress Corinne Bailey Rae ahead of the release of her hotly-tipped third album, a special Quincy Jones-themed concert featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra & Guy Barker Big Band with guest appearances from Liv Warfield and Madeline Bell, and a closing night concert from the festival’s Artistic Curator Jamie Cullum.

    These names join the long list of more international artists that includes US vocalist José James, Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sanborn, visionary US trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Meadow performing a tribute to pianist John Taylor, prodigious multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, Australian future-soul band Hiatus Kaiyote, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, the Becca Stevens Band, Ibibio Sound Machine, the UK premiere of  saxophonist Julian Argüelles’ Let It Be Told project, Giovanni Guidi Trio, Omar Sosa’s Quarteto AfroCubano and Rom Schaerer Eberle.

    Tickets are available from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz or on 01242 850 270.

     

  2. Interview with The Fores guitarist Liam Hopkins

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    Liam, The Fores

    Currently collaborating with Horus Music, alternative-rock ’n’ roll band The Fores are working hard towards their upcoming presentation at Midem festival in February. The event located in Cannes, France will hopefully open a lot of doors for The Fores and is something guitarist and founding member Liam Hopkins is very excited about. He says, ‘It’s a pretty big deal and we’re enthusiastic. We’re just trying to provide Horus with everything they need for Midem. We’re recording some new songs at the moment so we can put a CD together and send it out there.’

    With all the possibilities Midem offers up-and-coming bands, it’s no wonder the band will be pulling out all the stops for it. In the eyes of Liam, the future is bright, ‘we see ourselves becoming a successful band you know, hitting the charts eventually and a band who can do some good live gigs. The sky’s the limit is what we’re aiming for basically.’

    Although in this business, he is very much aware of the odds being against many new bands, ‘it’s all about sort of climbing the ladder as I say. But with success you know it’s rare, but it does happen. We all kind of knew it was a case of building it up which is what we’re doing. The thing is we all sort of have fun with it anyway, there’s a great spirit amongst the band as well. We’re a bunch of mates so it’s all good. You’re not expecting to walk into all the best venues and stuff, you have to be patient.’

    The Fores

    The band themselves are influenced by artists from The Rolling Stones and Coldplay, to Oasis, The Verve and Kasabian. To emulate even a quarter of those bands’ success would be an achievement for The Fores in itself. Liam says, ‘everyone’s got the same attitude, we’re just gunning for it and it’s what we want to do.’ It’s an approach that’s definitely helped them out so far. Highlights of the past year include a performance at The National Reality TV Awards in London, performing to a star-studded crowd from shows such as The X Factor, The Voice and The Only Way Is Essex. Also on The Fores’ list of credentials is an award for Best Newcomers from The Independent International Download Awards for their single ‘Let Go!’ ‘We’d like to have that sort of thing more often’, Liam beams.

    It’s seriously impressive and the people from Horus can’t wait to show them off at Midem. They said, ‘we’re really happy to be representing The Fores at Midem 2014. They’re a really interesting band and I believe their music has great potential. I look forward to working with them on this as well as on future projects.’

    Obviously grateful of their experience so far with Horus, Liam has nothing but thanks for them. Looking ahead Liam ponders, ‘we’re kind hoping even beyond Midem that we’ll keep in touch and just helping us further. So it’s brilliant, it’s really cool. We’re really grateful that they took an interest in us.’ Why wouldn’t you be struck by The Fores anyway? With their undeniably appealing rock’n’roll edge, they’re heading for the top.

    What’s really the trick to keeping this ball rolling though? Liam says The Fores ‘don’t get put down by anything because life’s too short. You only live once, that kind of thing, so go for it. I think probably that’s the best piece of advice. Just trust your ear and your instinct.’

    The Fores – Let Go!

    Written by Sam Johnson

  3. Gigs 24th April 2012

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    On the 24th April 2012, at the Musician, Leicester, Horus Music will be hosting a evening of acoustic music that will feature Kristy Gallagher, Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies, Bella McKendree and Courtney Askey.

    You can get a preview of the evenings artists here on YouTube: