Chapel is the ideal venue for jazz suite

Saxophonist Peadar Long will be performing Celestial Echoes at Wainsgate Chapel on October 6
Saxophonist Peadar Long will be performing Celestial Echoes at Wainsgate Chapel on October 6

The music being performed at the next Wainsgate Chapel concert could have been written specifically with the venue in mind.

The chapel, in Old Town, is probably the ideal place to experience the exhilarating and uplifting sound of saxophonist Peadar Long’s Celestial Echoes: a jazz suite which was written to be performed in sacred spaces.

Over the last ten years it has been heard in abbeys, churches, cathedrals and arts centres up and down the country.

Peadar Long is an experienced and accomplished composer whose roots lie not only in jazz but in folk and also the very different world of music for theatre.

As well as soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, Peadar plays various flutes, whistles and clarinets – all of which are used in Celestial Echoes.

Hailing from Dublin, but long settled in the Calder Valley, he has performed with world jazz quintet Tongue and Groove, Red Hippo and The Bloody Big Soul Band, and alongside the likes of Andy Sheppard, Snake Davis, and Dennis Rollins.

Joining Peadar in the concert will be the original Celestial Echoes line-up, which includes saxophonist Stuart McDonald, Jenni Molloy on double bass and Wainsgate’s music promoter Dave Nelson on piano and keyboard.

“When we started the Wainsgate concert series back in 2006, it seemed appropriate that Celestial Echoes should be the very first one,” said Dave.

“After all, it was the wonderful acoustic that drew me to the building in the first place.

“It’s great to be performing it again after so many years.”

The concert is on Sunday at 3pm. Tickets priced £8/£6 are available on the door.