Pond:Life is part of a thriving music department at Farleigh School in the Test Valley, Hampshire.

pond:life at the music for youth schools proms

Each week over twenty different ensembles rehearse including an orchestra, big band, four choirs and many chamber ensembles. Pond:Life was originally formed as a training band to prepare pupils to join the school’s big band, The Thundering Herd. They still continue to play together now concentrating on traditional jazz from the early Twentieth Century.

Pond:Life will play two jazz standards from the 1920s. Trouble in Mind, a slow eight bar blues from the Deep South, in a style favoured by great singers such as Bessie Smith. To contrast this piece they'll also perform Everybody Loves My Baby which is an upbeat standard played by the bands of the 1920s such as the Savoy Havana Band under Reginald Batten and latterly the Temperance Seven.

Musical Director : Chuff Byrne

Age range of performers: 10-13

Trouble in Mind  - Richard M Jones
Everybody Loves My Baby  - Spencer Williams

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