Jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and leading saxophonist Rob Buckland join forces with a classical string quartet to perform original compositions and arrangements inspired by French music and musicians. Drawing on their wide-ranging experience as collaborative jazz artists, they will explore links between jazz, improvisation and the music of Debussy, Dutilleux and Ravel. The musicians will then be joined by a jazz octet with members of the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and WMC Chorus to perform festive arrangements to launch our 20th Anniversary in style.

Two decades ago in December 1997, Wiltshire Music Centre opened its doors for the first time. Twenty years and many thousands of performances later, the Centre is delighted to be celebrating its 20th Anniversary across 2018. We hope you can join in the celebrations with us! Throughout 2018 we will be inviting our audiences and artists to share memories and stories. We will also be looking ahead to the next 20 years and launching a special Fundraising Appeal to support WMC into the next decade. And what better way to launch the celebrations than with our first Nimmo Artist in Residence, Gwilym Simcock.

Simcock displayed his increased authority and stature by giving every appearance of having the time of his life
The Guardian