Alan Barnes Octet – Copperfield Jazz Suite
Alan Barnes saxophone, clarinets & narration
Mark Armstrong trumpet, Mark Nightingale trombone
Robert Fowler & Karen Sharp saxophones & clarinet
David Newton piano, Simon Thorpe bass, Clark Tracey, drums
The story is narrated by Barnes reading scenes from the original Dickens text, interspersed with music performed by eight virtuoso musicians who bring the characters and scenes to life. A cheery clarinet plays Copperfield, the lost orphan Little Em’ly is a lyrical tenor, Mr Dick flies his kite in the personage of a soaring flugelhorn and trombone, Mr Micawber expresses ‘something will turn up!’ on the piano and Uriah Heep writhes around on the bass clarinet. Just as we see David progress through the trials of his life, so the movements of this suite develop along with him. Music and readings to inspire the full range of Dickens’s imagination and emotion: from loneliness and remorse to love and irresistible joy.