The local village church which I attend is trying to raise sufficient funds to build a new hall on land immediately joining the church. There have been many events to date in aid of The St Peter Project and yesterday we staged a jazz concert in the church itself. Somewhat unusual for a very traditional Anglican Church but it was a great event, good fun with really enjoyable music. It was played by three excellent musicians, using a variety of instruments all accompanied by a solo singer providing the vocals – or as they are called the Kenton Budd Jazz Quartet.
It was a good opportunity to take some shots in available light as I didn’t want to use flash. I asked permission of the band first, which I am sure is only courteous, as it could be off putting to the performers to have someone moving around with a lens pointing in their direction. I used the Panasonic f2.8 35 to 100mm lens at f2.8 on the Olympus OMD EM5. I pushed the ISO to 3200 and converted the images to black and white; so whilst they have some grain, this quite suits the style of photography. I manually focused in aperture priority which meant that the camera would select the shutter speed. In most cases this turned out between 1/25 and 1/30 of a second. Just fast enough to capture the image without too much blur.
The images are shown below and I hope they capture something of the atmosphere of the event given the venue.
The Keyboard Player
Kenton Budd provided the vocals to some true jazz classics
The Saxophonist, although I doubt he was playing a tune which would have suited Psalm 46!
A deft touch on the ‘old’ ivories
The Saxophonist turned electric guitarist
Do I detect a little emotion in the eyes whilst singing this particular song?
…..and with music, a glass of wine. The pew shelf is not just for the hymn book.