Stringle and Barnes to jazz duel at Ilminster Arts Centre


MODERN and mainstream jazz aficionados are in for a treat on Friday, April 28th, with the return of two of the UK’s top jazz musicians to Ilminster Arts Centre. This highly anticipated concert pairs multi-awarding winner saxophonist Alan Barnes with Julian Stringle, one of the UK’s top clarinetists, and teams them with the Craig Milverton Trio.

Julian Stringle was a child prodigy reed player, making his TV debut with Acker Bilk when he was just 14. He has played with a who’s who of jazz illuminati, including Peanuts Hucko, Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Ball, Kenny Baker, Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth, as well as artists as varied as Meatloaf and Tina Turner. Julian’s highly melodic music and unique sound appeal to younger audience while his soul, original writing and phenomenal technique on his instrument excites the jazz buffs. In the view of Sir John Dankworth, Julian is “The best clarinettest to emerge in British jazz for decades”. Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers.

Alan Barnes’s unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz. He has received over 25 British Jazz Awards and has twice been BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.

“Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz” – The Guardian.

This will be a truly exciting evening, with the musicians playing a popular mix of classic jazz tunes, and the prospect of a fascinating clarinet duel very likely! Tickets are £18, and a pre-show supper is available for £14 at 7pm but must be pre-booked. Advance booking is strongly recommended – call the Box Office 01460 54973 or visit

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