The Age of Jazz – lecture for the Arts Society/DFAS Helmsley


Delighted to be delivering my Age of Jazz lecture for the Arts Society/DFAS Helmsley. The venue is

Helmsley Arts Centre,

The Old Meeting House,



YO62 5DW


And here’s the synopsis:

One hundred years ago a group of American musicians docked in London, bringing with them for the very first time one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: jazz, a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation. To tie in with The Age of Jazz exhibition, a collaboration between NADFAS and The Bulldog Trust at London’s Two Temple Place running from January-April 2018, Sandy Burnett’s lecture covers the early years of jazz from its beginnings through to the start of the Second World War. Drawing on his practical experience both as musicologist and gigging musician, Sandy is able to shed light on jazz from the inside. His illustrations range from early pre-impressions by Maurice Ravel and others and the very earliest jazz recordings through to classics by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the dawn of the Swing Era.

Arts Society Directory Day


Attending this year’s Arts Society Directory Day to meet fellow members and talk about my talks.  Here’s a nice profile about me and my work from the Arts Society’s website from June 2017.  If you’re around, do come up and say hello!

Venue TBC

pre-concert talk for Cambridge Corn Exchange – Russian State Philharmonic


Another in my series of pre-concert talks for the Cambridge Corn Exchange, this time in advance of the Russian State Philharmonic’s programme of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.  This talk takes place at:

Heffers Bookshop

20 Trinity Street



Messiah at St John’s Smith Square


Playing Handel’s most excellent bass lines at this – details here