A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World is a performance by Chris Montague, which marks the milestones of the electric guitar’s prolific role through 80 years of popular culture, from Charlie Christian to Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and beyond. 

This unique show highlights the great guitarists through the ages with through a mixture of performance and speech, celebrating the versatility of the instrument and providing an opportunity for amateur guitarists to perform an original composition with Chris and his band on stage.

To participate in the 2017 edition of this project in London or Hull, please complete the form below. 

One of the UK’s most innovative guitarists, founding member of Troyka and alumnus of Serious’s Take Five talent development programme, Chris Montague is widely recognised for his skills as a composer and performer. He is joined for this concert by Conor Chaplin (bass), Tim Giles (drums), and Michael L Roberts (vocals/piano).

This project was piloted in partnership with THAMES music hub, working with 40 children aged 7 – 11 from schools in Tower Hamlets as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in 2015. The performance took place in Rich Mix and was the culmination of six months of in-school project delivery. We have now adapted the piece to include an adult component. 

The musical score, instructions and an introduction film from Chris are made available as digital resources online, so that participants can familiarise themselves with the piece and practice at home before taking part in the rehearsals and final performance.

In November 2017 we will be undertaking this project as part of both the Hull Jazz Festival and the EFG London Jazz Festival. We are looking for people to participate in the project. To apply to take part, please briefly answer the questions below and we will be in touch with more information. 

The deadline to sign up to take part is the 18th October 2017.

Please note, if you are hoping to take part in the London event you will need to be available for the following dates: 

An evening rehearsal at Rich Mix on the 25th October and the final performance day at the Southbank Centre on the Saturday 18th November.

If you are hoping to take part in the Hull event you will need to be available for the following dates:

A full day rehearsal on the 21st October at Hull City Hall and the final performance at the Albemarle Music Centre on Saturday 11th November.

If you have any queries about the project, please email learning@serious.org.uk

We look forward to welcoming you. 


Personal details

Please fill out a copy of this form for each participant.
Please bear in mind this is a mass participation project and space may be limited so please bring the minimum amount of equipment required.

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