Friday Night Live with John Turville Trio – Friday 5th November 2021  

A Welcome Note from the Music Director at Royal Porcelain Works; Keith Slade:

A huge hello and welcome our second season of Friday Night LIVE here at Royal Porcelain Works. Music has such a wide and varied outreach and here at the Royal Porcelain Works we will seize your imagination with soloists and groups of International and local repute. Our second season promises to be an epic one!

There are concerts throughout the season that will whet the appetite no matter your musical taste, and with the kaleidoscope of different genres and artistes performing, you are certainly in for a treat.

I would like to welcome all ages to our concerts, but particularly young people and individuals who might never have dipped their toes into the Concert arena. I look forward to having the pleasure of your company throughout the series, and hope that your faith will be rewarded by a musical experience that will stay with you forever.

A bit about John Turville Trio

Featuring the award-winning vocalist Brigitte Beraha (a recent nominee for ‘Best Vocalist’ in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards), and legendary trumpeter Robbie Robson, John Turville’s Acoustic Trio was formed with the idea of exploring original compositions inspired by the UK band Azimuth, the highly influential collaboration between Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Norma Winstone on the ECM label, that were active on the European touring circuit from the early 1970s.

Their music aims to explore the sonic nuance of acoustic instruments, the harmonic colour of Ravel and Messiaen, minimalist textures and extended techniques but with plenty of rhythmic groove, all with a solid grounding in the jazz and classical tradition.

John Turville 

John Turville has developed a reputation as ‘one of the leading jazz pianists of his generation’ (Ian Mann). After studies at Caius College, Cambridge (where he was a choral scholar) and the Guildhall, he rapidly became established as a performer on the European jazz scene, performing at clubs and festivals throughout the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Italy and Spain with artists as diverse as Tim Garland, Gilad Atzmon, Yuri Golubev, Matt Ridley, Transtango, El Ultimo Tango, and the London Tango Orchestra. John has recorded five albums as a leader, which have won multiple awards including ‘Best Album’ in the Parliamentary Awards, the PRS Promoter’s Choice Award, and ‘Best instrumentalist’ prize in the inaugural London Jazz Awards.  His most recent album ‘Head First’ featured the renowned saxophonist Julian Argüelles, and received 4 and 5 star reviews in the UK and European press.

Besides performing, John is also an experienced composer, recently receiving commissions from the tango dancer Richard Manuel, and from the RBC for a new arrangement of Schumann’s Liederkreis. John previously arranged the complete Debussy Preludes for Jazz Ensemble and multiple pianos at Uppingham School. He is also the principal jazz piano tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Holloway, the Purcell and Yehudi Menuhin Schools. John has led workshops and taught at a number of international summer schools, including ‘Concertato’ (Capri), the Saarwellingen International Jazz Academy, the Piano Week festival and the Dartington International Summer School, and has been on the audition panel for Help Musicians UK and Trinity Laban.

Brigette Beraha

Brigitte Beraha, improvising vocalist and composer, is one of the leading talents on the UK jazz scene. Embracing a wide variety of influences and genres, Beraha’s sound is free and spontaneous with an emphasis on exploration, expression and fearlessly testing the limits of the voice as instrument. Alongside original contemporary jazz and the core jazz and latin repertoires, she is increasingly involved in exciting cross-genre projects, such as the recreation of Basil Kirchin’s music as part of Hull City of Culture 2017 or Raising Hell with Henry Purcell led by Ethan Iverson at Kings Place in 2018.

Beraha has recorded a number of critically acclaimed albums, both as leader and as part of collaborative projects such as Babelfish, Solstice and Red Skies Trio. The latest under her name, Lucid Dreamers, introduced a new electronic dimension to her work proving once more the agility, adventurous spirit and limitless imagination that have marked her out as a truly exciting and versatile artist with a huge range of experience and creative scope.

 Robbie Robson 

Robbie studied jazz at both Leeds and the Guildhall School of Music, where he won prizes for Outstanding Musicianship and Composition. He was a national finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year 1999, and the runner up in the Perrier Young Jazz Musician 2000. He regularly works with the Matt Wates Quintet, Frank Griffiths Nonet, Pete Hurt Big Band, Hans Koller, Gareth Lockrane Septet/Big Band, Alcyona Mick Quintet and the London Jazz Orchestra. He has also worked with Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Lane, Phil Woods, Jamie Cullum, Noel Gallagher, Jason Rebello, Jerry Bergonzi and the James Taylor Quartet. He has recorded albums with Bill Frisell, Julian Arguelles and Steve Swallow. Robbie’s own band, Dog Soup, has received much critical acclaim from press and audiences alike and recorded its first album in 2007. Robbie has been a Professor on the Jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music for the past 11 years, and he enjoys gigging regularly on the British music scene.


There are several ways to book ticket:

  • Go to Worcester Live’s website to book tickets online. To do this click on the register button below.
  • Call their box office on 01905 611427.
  • Go into their box office in Crowngate Shopping Centre to book in person.

Booking is not essential, however it is advised, as we cannot guarantee a ticket to anyone who has not booked prior to the event.

If there are tickets still available on the day of the event, they will be on sale at the box office on the night, 45 minutes before the start of the event.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a refund on your ticket(s), however if you are unable to make the event, please let us know as we may be able to offer to exchange your tickets for another Friday Night Live event at The Hall.

Yes, there is a fully stocked licenced bar to get a glass of wine, a coffee or even some sweets!

The Friday Night Live events are jointly organised between Royal Porcelain Works and our Artistic Director of Music; Keith Slade, who also introduces the evening and sometimes even conducts the performances!

Born in the West Midlands, Keith Slade began his musical journey learning the clarinet from the age of ten.  After reaching the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Woodwind Category, Keith graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music where he was awarded the Hilda Collens’ prize. He furthered his studies under the guidance of Angela Malsbury and Nicholas Rodwell on a postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music supported by the Countess of Munster Trust.  At the RAM, Keith was awarded the Dorothy Grinstead Memorial Prize for the most outstanding postgraduate, the John Solomon Woodwind and Brass Prize and the Morgensterns’ Award.

Keith has extensive experience as an orchestral musician and has worked with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Festival Opera and the BBC Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Richard Hickox, Pierre Boulez and Andris Nelsons. As a soloist, Keith has performed concerti by Mozart, Finzi, Weber and Copland in venues throughout the UK.

Keith was selected to participate on the Colin Metters’ International Conducting Course in 2012.  Recent appointments include Head of Wind and Brass at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School and Head of Woodwind at Oakham School.  Keith has conducted Sinfonia of Birmingham, The National Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, The British Police Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, St Endellion Easter Festival Orchestra and the WorldCon Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s ExCeL Arena. Keith has worked with artists including James MacMillan, Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams and Sarah Fox.

In January 2010, Keith was appointed Music Director of the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra where he has seen the ensemble grow from strength-to-strength; WSO performs several concerts each season and Keith is a regular guest on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester promoting the orchestra and classical music amongst the local community. In 2014 WSO commissioned a new Children’s work in the style of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf entitled The Magic Bojabi Tree which was a huge success. In 2018 WSO performed in Worcester Cathedral in remembrance of the Armistice Centenary. Continuing his passion for music education, Keith worked with primary schools in the area to create a truly remarkable concert. In recognition of his services to WSO, Keith was honoured to be invited by Her Majesty the Queen to a private gathering to celebrate HRH’s Diamond Jubilee in Worcester.

As Principal conductor of Kimichi Symphony Orchestra, Keith received a 5 star review for his performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, “Slade’s rehearsal technique is undoubtedly persuasive, and his beat here was clear, histrionic and totally effectual” (Birmingham Post, January 2018.) He subsequently took the production to the Rudolfinum in Prague, and has since conducted Verdi’s Requiem with KSO which received another 5 stars “performance was spine tingling from the start.”

Keith is delighted to offer his services to the Royal Porcelain Works and help bring something different to our incredible venue and to the city of Worcester.

If you would like to suggest an artist for Friday Night Live, please email and we will see what we can do.

  • The Hall at Royal Porcelain Works
  • 5th November 2021
  • Friday, 7:30PM to 10:00PM
  • 01905 677399

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Friday Night Live with John Turville Trio

The Hall, Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Friday, 7:30PM to 10:00PM
5th November 2021


Keith Slade - Artistic Director of Music at Royal Porcelain Works

01905 677399

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Friday Night Live with John Turville Trio

The Hall, Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Friday, 7:30PM to 10:00PM
5th November 2021