Handsworth-born BBC Young Jazz Musician Xhosa Cole and double bassist Shivraj Singh, from Smethwick, wowed guests at Town Hall Symphony Hall's Annual Dinner on Thursday 7 November. The yearly event, which took place at Birmingham's Hyatt Regency, put young musicians centre stage showcasing the talent development work delivered by the charity across the region.
Xhosa Cole first played the Tenor at Andy Hamilton’s Ladywood Community Music School, however, it was Holyhead School’s Jazz band with Ray Prince and Sid Peacock that lead him to pursue music, joining Town Hall Symphony Hall's Jazzlines Ensemble, Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra and many more.
Shivraj Singh began playing at a very young age through Jazzlines Summer School where he performed and studied with the likes of Jean Toussaint, Nikki Isles and Shabaka Hutchings. He later went on to study at the decorated Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2015-2019) and now is a notable sideman playing with the likes of Soweto Kinch, Percy Pursglove and Black Voices to name but a few.