PREVIEW: Percy Pursglove – Far Reaching Dreams of Mortal Souls @ CBSO Centre, Fri 17th Oct

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Percy Pursglove will be premiering new work at the CBSO Centre on Friday 17th October. The Birmingham based trumpet player, double bass player, Jazz musician and composer will present original compositions for octet and eight voice choir, titled Far Reaching Dreams of Mortal Souls. Doors open at 8pm, with tickets priced at £12 + booking fee.CBSO Centre /

Based on speeches and ‘associated works’ of prominent figure of history, including Charles Darwin, Nelson Mandela, Joan of Ark and Galileo, Far Reaching Dreams of Mortal Souls will feature ‘key players in the British jazz scene’ including Julian Arguelles, Paul Clarvis, Hans Koller, Michael Janisch and Jim Rattigan. The eight voice choir will be led by soprano Nadine Mortimer Smith.

Although still a young man, Percy Pursglove has been a prominent and active member of both the Birmingham and British Jazz scenes for several years – graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire with first class honours, where he now lectures Jazz in both Junior and Senior departments.

Percy Pursglove - by Jo HornsbyFollowing graduation, Percy Pursglove received a scholarship to study on the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at the New School University. Whilst in New York, Pursglove played with ensembles including The Duke Ellington Orchestra at Birdland, The Coltrane ensemble and the Rene Marie Big Band at Town Hall, and with Matt Brewer and Tommy Crane at The Knitting Factory.

On returning to the UK, Percy Pursglove took on several roles including director of the National Youth Jazz Wales, tutor for National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland/National Youth Jazz Collective, and music for youth mentor and improvisation clinician for Wales Music Teachers Federation.Jazzlines /

Then in autumn 2013, Pursglove became one of the first Jazzlines/Jerwood Foundation Fellows – hosted at Town Hall-Symphony Hall Birmingham.

The CBSO Centre performance of Far Reaching Dreams of Mortal Souls marks the conclusion to Percy Pursglove’s 12month tenture at Jazzlines, with October 17th being the first time the public will hear his new composition. Althea Patterson will be there for a Birmingham Review.

Percy Pursglove premiers Far Reaching Dreams of Mortal Souls at the CBSO Centre on Friday October 17th. For further information and online tickets, visit

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