It’s been a busy year – hundreds of concerts and workshops, thousands of musicians, hundreds of thousands of people in audiences and millions of people hearing our concerts on radio and online.
To celebrate the holiday season, we have brought together tracks from 12 brilliant artists with whom we’re working now and into the future; so sit back and take a moment to listen to the 12 Songs of Serious.
Mariza's command of fado is unparalleled, and her repertoire draws in Latin, African, jazz and soul sounds. Following her sell-out London show in November, Mariza will perform in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall in January as part of Celtic Connections. For more information click here.
Nubya was on our Take Five talent development programme in 2018, played a rammed-to-the-rafters EartH in Hackney in this year's EFG London Jazz Festival and is playing at the Winter Jazz Fest.
The Third Orchestra
Here is a track from Club Inegales' new recording with Sam Lee - another example of their innovative and wide-ranging musical activity. Imagine an orchestra without boundaries, with players from all over the world drawing from a wealth of global musical traditions and languages. The Third Orchestra play two performances at London's Barbican in February. For more information click here.
Tunisian composer and master of the oud Anouar Brahem brings a star-studded band of with Dave Holland, Django Bates and Nasheet Waits to the Barbican in March. For more information click here.
Maya Youssef is a virtuoso on the qanun (the traditional Syrian 78-stringed plucked zither) and has just won a prestigious Songlines Magazine Award. She plays two special concerts, one in Coventry in February, and then in Saffron Walden in March. For more information click here.
House of Waters
‘A rare and beautiful gem.’ (All About Jazz), the music of House of Waters incorporates elements of West African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical and world music. They play two intimate shows at London's PizzaExpress (Dean Street) in February. For more information click here.
Bill Laurance played a stunning collaborative show with the WDR Big Band in the EFG London Jazz Festival. This piece gives an insight into Bill's new album 'Cables', coming out in early 2019. He plays three solo dates in London, Saffron Walden and Coventry during March and April. For more information click here.
Chilly Gonzales holds the Guinness World Record for the longest solo concert, coming in at over 27 hours. He plays two (somewhat shorter) shows in May, one in Norfolk and the other at Barbican - to perform hits and hidden surprises from his repertoire. For more information click here.
Marcus Miller's new Blue Note album 'Laid Black' pursues a musical mix incorporating more modern, urban elements into his sound from trap, hiphop, R&B to gospel. Catch him at London's Royal Festival Hall in May. For more information click here.
Alice Zawadzki is the second artist to be selected for Serious's Giant Steps talent development programme, following in Anthony Joseph's footprints. Through Giant Steps, Serious and the Royal Northern College of Music will be supporting Alice to arrange and produce an orchestral performance of her forthcoming album 'Within You Is A World of Spring'.
One of the most important emerging artists from the British jazz scene: saxophonist Camilla George is one of this year’s Take Five artists – Serious’s flagship talent development scheme for emerging jazz musicians.
Lisa O'Neill & Radie Peat
Some of Ireland’s finest musicians and writers come to London in January for Imagining Ireland, a concert of word and music exploring Irish life in England. Ahead of the show, here's a live performance showcasing two of the performers and their insanely good close harmonies. For more information click here.