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Sat, 20 May


Watford Pump House Colne River Studio

Emma Rawicz Quintet

Rising sax superstar Emma Rawicz brings her star-studded quintet to play her first-ever show in Watford. Plus an opening set from the Oscar Lyons Quartet.

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Emma Rawicz Quintet
Emma Rawicz Quintet


20 May 2023, 14:15 – 16:30

Watford Pump House Colne River Studio, 5 Local Board Rd, Watford WD17 2JP, UK



This matinee concert features the Emma Rawicz Quintet with a mouth-watering line-up, featuring music from her debut album 'Incantation' plus new tracks from her upcoming album to be released later this year.

Our show commences with a 30-minute set from the prodigious talents of 17-year old Suffolk-based pianist Oscar Lyons playing a selection of his original compositions. Oscar is without doubt one to watch, and along with his talented trio this is an early opportunity to hear from some of the most accomplished young jazz players in the country.

Emma Rawicz Quintet line-up:

  • Emma Rawicz - tenor saxophone
  • Ant Law - guitar
  • Ivo Neame - piano
  • Conor Chaplin - double bass
  • Asaf Sirkis - drums

Oscar Lyons Quartet line-up:

  • Oscar Lyons - piano
  • George Johnson - tenor saxophone
  • Chris Diamand - electric bass
  • Luke McCarthy - drums

Running order:

  • Doors (and bar) open - 14.00
  • Oscar Lyons Quartet - 14.15
  • Emma Rawicz Quintet - 15.00

There is parking on site as well as at the next door Century Retail Park (maximum 3 free hours at time of publishing, but please check any restrictions on the day). The show is expected to end by 16.30.

About Emma:

Emma Rawicz is a multi-award winning young saxophonist and composer, already making waves on the UK music scene. She has been described as "An astonishing new talent" (Jamie Cullum – BBC Radio 2), 'a force to be reckoned with' (Jazzwise) and 'a fast-rising star' (London Jazz News).  At the age of 20 she has already recorded and released an eagerly awaited debut album ‘Incantation’ featuring Ant Law, made up entirely of her original compositions. Emma’s second album, recorded in summer 2022 features an all-star band of Ivo Neame, Ant Law, Conor Chaplin and Asaf Sirkis, will be released in early 2023.

Emma has also created a name for herself both as a bandleader and a sideman. A new arrival on the scene, she has already made an impact, regularly playing at major London jazz venues with a wide range of established musicians. Emma is a recipient of the 2021 Drake Yolanda Award, winner of ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2022 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and nominee for the 2022 Jazz FM ‘Instrumentalist of the year’.

Emma's influences range from modern jazz and fusion to folk and soul, key figures in her musical development including Chris Potter, Ari Hoenig, Kenny Jarrett, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea and more.

Growing up in rural North Devon, Emma didn't discover jazz until the age of 15, and didn't pick up a tenor saxophone until a year later, but had spent her childhood otherwise immersed in largely folk and classical music.

Emma is a natural performer. Her music has a unique sound, fusing all her many influences, and her compositions range from lilting Afro Cuban inspired grooves to hard hitting modern jazz and funk numbers.


  • General admission

    Seats will be first come, first-seated.

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    • £10.00
      +£0.25 service fee
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      +£0.13 service fee
  • General admission extras

    Extra release of 10 further general admission tickets. All seats are first come, first-seated.

    +£0.25 service fee
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