Bury St Edmunds: Star violinist Chris Garrick to aid students

A JAZZ violinist who worked on the films Moulin Rouge and Chicago is holding special workshops for students in west Suffolk.

Chris Garrick, 40, has played on the soundtrack of the The Imaginarium of Dr Parnasus, Brideshead Revisited and Chocolat movies as well as the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.

But the rising star of British jazz plans to visit Bury St Edmunds this week to hold a strings workshop for young players in the Hunter Club on Friday.

“I love to come to play these places because they are so intimate,” he said. “You get to see a new environment and you never know who you are going to meet next.”

Having studied jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in London and jammed with Nigel Kennedy when he was 11 years old, Mr Garrick emulates the Stephane Grappelli style of playing.

He hopes to share some of his experience in jazz playing to the Suffolk students who share his love of strings in the session on Friday.

“The film gigs are always great fun and really interesting,” he said. “But I also like feeding something back into the music I get so much out of.”

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As well as the jazz strings workshop, Mr Garrick will perform a concert at the club in the evening with the house band.

Paul Schofield, 28, a jazz piano tutor in Suffolk and director of the West Suffolk Youth Big Band, helped stage the unique gig, as part of a fortnightly jazz event at The Hunter Club.

“Chris Garrick is seen as the biggest thing on the British jazz violin,” he said.

“It is a massive thrill to get a player of his calibre to play in Bury.”

Tickets for the workshop cost �25 including free concert entry in the evening.

Spectator tickets for the workshop cost �5.

For more information call 01284 748280.

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