Jazz for Ukraine

Sunday 21 January 2024, 3-6pm, The Old Market, Hove

Leading jazz musicians from the UK and Europe, alongside local artists and young players, will perform in a showcase of jazz music’s rising generation. Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band, the emerging jazz quintet Squint (featuring Springboard regulars Tyzer and Aidan), and  headline act: the fabulous Ukrainian singer and composer Ganna Gryniva, in her first UK performance.

Jazz for Ukraine is in support of the charity War Child, which works in conflict zones across the world to provide children with access to professional psychological support. A representative from War Child will give a short presentation on their work in Ukraine to open our concert: an afternoon of wonderful live music, with an invitation to donate at the end.

Do come along and support this wonderful event.

Astatine Trio

Photo by John Mitchell

Congratulations to the Astatine Trio, including Springboard participants,  Berniya and Riya Hamie, have been selected as Britten Pears Young Artists for 2023/24, as one of 5 ensembles on the Chamber Music in Residence programme. They will be playing two concerts as part of their Snape Maltings residency next year.

You can read more here.


Tyzer started playing at Springboard when he was around 10 years old in the violin and piano classes and has continued to take part since.

He has been teaching violin and piano for 4 years and has accompanied one of his violin students on the piano in her Grade 1 exam. He started composing during the Covid Lockdowns and realised that is what he loves doing.

He applied to various conservatoires in October, after teaching himself composition.  He really didn’t think he would get in, but had several offers. He will be starting his BMus (Hons) course in Composition at RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music) in September.

He also plays in a jazz band called Squint (as there are 5 of them) and writes some of the music for the band.

String Ensemble concert to raise funds for music bursaries

On 12 October 2022, Brighton & East Sussex Orchestra’s String Ensemble celebrates 150 years of Vaughan Williams in a concert to raise money for bursaries for children and young people who would otherwise be unable to access music education.

Tickets are by donation and all money raised will go to Encore, the fundraising arm of Create Music, the music hub for Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. Donations will enable families with low incomes to access music making opportunities across the region.

More information here: Brighton and East Sussex String Ensemble play at Skylark Parade | Create Music

Heather Cowl

Heather Cowl presenting the Doris Waymark Trophy to Didi Murray-Brown

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our Piano Section Secretary, Heather Cowl.

Heather was involved with Springboard for many years and was an invaluable member of the Piano Section respected for her knowledge, passion and sense of humour.

She will be greatly missed.