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Love for Music
Look through these photographs of jazz musicians in full swing, and you might imagine they came from the performance archive of a celebrated Soho venue such as Ronnie Scott’s or Pizza Express, Dean Street – not an independent school in Hampstead.
But, as an accomplished jazz pianist, David Lund’s standing with British and American performers enabled him to bring Adelaide Hall, Humphrey Lyttelton, Annie Ross and Benny Waters, amongst many other celebrated artists, to perform at University College School’s 250-seat theatre.
From 1974 to 1999, their Thursday evening concerts delighted audiences drawn from the UCS community and the general public, and gave invaluable technical experience to the UCS pupils who made up the control box crew.
As David modestly told local newspaper The Hampstead & Highgate Express in 1981: “I suppose I have just been lucky in having some contacts in the jazz world because it has enabled us… to get the public coming in and, also, I really want to expose the boys here to some very good music. It’s wonderful to see how they react the first time they hear it.
“The concerts also teach the boys how to mount a show. They do the lighting and the sound, and we have got a very professional standard now.”
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