All That Jazz!

Emma Kemp-Wilcox enjoyed an amazing night of music at JHN's premier KISS charity gala and got to discuss the event with Joe Wilkins and Josh Zulu


How many Jazz Nights have you performed in and what were your past experiences like?

Joe: This is my fifth Jazz Night as I have done it since Year 8. It’s a really fun experience because

there are lots of talented people. It is a lot of work but it’s for a good cause so it’s all worth it in the end.

Josh: This is my second Jazz Night; it’s very heart-warming to see people give money to charity and

get something they enjoy in return.


What are you doing in Jazz Night?

Joe: ‘That’s Life’ which is most famously sang by Frank Sinatra, and an ensemble piece of ‘Another Day of Sun’ from LaLaLand.

Josh: ‘September’ by Earth, Wind and Fire and I’m in the same ensemble as Joe.


How has the process of rehearsing for Jazz Night been?

Joe: It’s been good. It was the first time I’ve arranged something which was a new experience for me which I enjoyed and I am looking forward to doing it again next year.

Josh: It’s been extremely good and well organised. I think Charlotte Stephens-King and Matt Coldwell

have played a big part in rehearsals and getting the night ready.


Jazz night raised approximately £14,000 which is an astounding amount of money to kick start the KISS

fundraising. The night not only highlighted the amazing amount of talent that the school has but also

how close the school community is. Everyone involved in the night worked in perfect harmony with one

another to ensure the night ran seamlessly; this harmony and unity produced the overall joyful tone of

the evening. The winners included Tom Ronayne’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, The Year 10 Ensemble

‘Man’s World’ and Clare De’ath’s ‘Get Happy’. Amongst many other audience members, I left the

evening feeling cheerful and content to have been a part of such a wonderful event which also raised

money for an amazing cause. Jazz Night is one of the most highly anticipated musical evenings of the

academic year and this year’s performances definitely lived up to the great expectations. If you missed

Jazz Night, some of the best bits were revisited during KISS week’s Thursday ‘Jazz Club’.