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Music for Youth – Jilambis @ The Royal Albert Hall

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I got an urgent text message last night from my son -“Ring me – Now!” – So, like any dutiful Father, I obeyed. To say he had some good news was something of an understatement. Following his band Jilambis’ triumph at the 02 Academy, Birmingham, and their award of a recording session with Yamaha, they have now been invited by the excellent Schools charity Music for Youth to open the second evening of the three night School Proms 2009 extravaganza at one of the most prestigious venues in the world, The Royal Albert hall. I doubt whether Queen Victoria, upon laying the foundation stone of this memorial to her late husband on the 20th.May (coincidentally my birthday!) 1867, imagined the strains of “Well, this isn’t Texas” echoing around its lofty ceiling, but that is exactly what’s going to happen.

Corey and his band will be walking in the footsteps of some musical greats on November 10th. This is where Cream gave their farewell concert, as well as their reunion show a few years back. This is where Deep Purple made history with their “Concerto for group and orchestra”.

Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin have appeared there, and it is the only venue where The Beatles and The Rolling Stones appeared on the same bill. The only solo concert performed there was by George Harrison, and indeed, it hosted the Concert for George, to commemorate the first anniversary of his death in 2002.

It is a venue steeped in history and musical legacy, and I know he’s proud and stunned to have the chance to appear there. They won’t be overawed though, they will go about the business of making their music like they always do – confident, hard-working, determined. I have a feeling that on November 10th, Jilambis will be laying the first foundation stone on the road to creating their own little piece of history.  – and this Dad couldn’t be prouder.


Kev Moore

August 26, 2009 - Posted by | Music, Recording, Rock, Touring, Writing | , , , , ,


  1. Kev

    Like father, like son… I can only imagine how you must feel, seeing your son achieve such success in an area that is so near and dear to your own heart. It is a rare privilege! So many children want to have nothing to do with what their parents do or are interested in (our own, for example, I fear…). Will you be going to the concert?

    Comment by bob cornelis | August 26, 2009

  2. It is a rare privilege indeed, Bob, and I know they could all too easily follow a different path. – and when they achieve success on their own merits it is especially sweet. I would dearly love to attend, but it depends how the dates fall in relation to my own shows in November. The wonderful thing is, I think it will be televised, so if all else fails I think I’ll be able to watch it on satellite over here.

    Comment by kevmoore | August 27, 2009

  3. How proud and happy you are, I am sure ! November 10th will be a great date, and a nice TV moment.

    Comment by Joël | August 30, 2009

  4. It certainly will Joel, and talking of TV moments, I’ll be posting one on my blog soon!

    ….We lost to our greatest rivals yesterday 😦 but so very nearly fought back and rescued a point. Never mind, revenge at Pride Park will be all the sweeter!

    Comment by kevmoore | August 30, 2009

  5. i was there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Mini Mo | November 12, 2009

  6. Thanks for the support, MiniMo!

    Comment by kevmoore | November 12, 2009

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