Louis Watkiss Memorial Concert

Louis Watkiss Memorial Concert


Posted 2022-02-07 by Tony Collinsfollow

Sat 05 Mar 2022

A special concert is to be held in Birmingham in memory of a young musician who died following an accident at a Staffordshire indoor ski slope. The memorial concert is to be held at Symphony Hall on Saturday 5 March in tribute to 12-year-old Louis Watkiss, who died at Tamworth's SnowDome attraction last year. Louis, from Sutton Coldfield, was a saxophone player who developed his musical talent at Symphony Hall as a member of B:Music's Jazzlines Summer School which he attended last August. He was also a keen player in B:Music's Jazzlines Ensemble and the Birmingham Schools' Jazz Ensemble. The free concert will take place in the Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space at Symphony Hall, a B:Music venue. As a legacy to Louis, B:Music have also named a seat after him in Symphony Hall - Row L, seat 15 in the stalls.

B:Music's Talent Development Manager, Richard Foote, said: "Louis was a very talented young saxophonist and his passion for jazz and music was infectious. He was always willing to get involved and have a go. It is a privilege to be able to put on this concert to celebrate Louis's life, and we have selected a programme of tunes that Louis loved to play and listen to." The first half of the memorial concert will showcase Jazzlines Summer School tutors and peer mentors who have come together in Louis' memory to form a band and perform some of his favourite jazz numbers. The band will feature acclaimed musicians including 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Xhosa Cole. The Birmingham Schools' Jazz Ensemble will perform in the second half of the free to attend concert.

Louis's father Chris Watkiss said: "Music meant such a lot to Louis - from the thrill of playing jazz on his saxophone to listening to his playlists on Spotify. This concert means so much to us as a family. To hear the music that Louis loved playing will be such an honour. The fact that it has been organised in tribute to him is so, so very generous and thoughtful. All the musicians that have kindly given their time and effort to contribute is very humbling to us. Thank you so much to everyone for making this happen." Tickets for the concert are available via B:Music's website: https://bmusic.co.uk/events/louis-watkiss-memorial-concert

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