“Rattigan is also a composer with a canny approach when itcomes to combining the sounds of various instruments.”
The Observer


"A haunting, romantic, often softly swinging collection of ten songlike pieces."

- John Fordham,
London Jazz




Sunday, September 24th, 2023

Jim Rattigan: When

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"Rather pleasingly, he has aligned himself to the nimble pianisms and clever incursions of pianist Iles, supported by Janisch and Maddren, their efforts bolstered by the impeccable playing of the Tear Quartet."

+ Syrian Kitchen

Our second performer at 2023's Roman River Festival is Jim Rattigan. Widely recognised as a pioneer of the jazz French horn, his latest release, When, combines elements of classical and jazz. 

Jim has performed all over the world, both as a jazz soloist and as a member of various groups, including the Michael Brecker Quindectet, Charlie Haden/Carla Bley Liberation Music Orchestra, McCoy Tyner Big Band, Creative Jazz Orchestra with Kenny Wheeler, Brad Mehldau and Britten Sinfonia, and the Guy Barker Big Band.


He has also performed with many famous names from the pop world, including Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Joss Stone, George Michael, Damon Albarn, Adele and Paloma Faith.


Jim has recorded with all the London symphony orchestras, including soundtracks for the James Bond and Lord of the Rings series, and he was a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989 to 1995.


After leaving the RHO, Jim started playing jazz full time with musicians such as pianist Hans Koller, eventually forming his own quartet with Koller, bassist Dave Whitford and drummer Gene Calderazzo.

Working with musicians such as Percy Pursglove and Robbie Robson in various Mike Gibbs ensembles inspired Jim to form his own 12-piece, Pavillon, and has released two critically acclaimed albums - Strong Tea and The Freedom of Movement.

Having had a career in classical music and now playing jazz, Jim decided he would write some music that would combine the two genres. “This isn't crossover music but a juxtaposition - the two styles working side by side. I worked with Julian Tear for many years in the Academy of St Martin's-in-the-Fields chamber orchestra and asked him to record the music with his quartet."


The majority of the 10 original compositions on the album were actually written five? years ago. “They seemed a little sad and reflective at the time, so I put them in a folder and forgot about them,” says Jim. “The irony is that the title When could be applied to the times that we’ve been living in.”

Jim Rattigan (French Horn), Nikki Iles (Piano), Michael Janisch (Double Bass), James Maddren (Drums), + Tear Quartet: Julian Tear (Violin), Alison Gordon (Violin), Nic Barr (Viola), Nic Cooper (Cello). 


Tickets: £16 / £14 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fees)

Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm