mjf hothouse success

HSQ were delighted when founding member Helen Pillinger secured a place on the prestigious mjf (Manchester Jazz Festival) hothouse scheme in 2018.

Latest round of mjf hothouse artists announced

mjf hothouse is all about working with artists on an individual basis to understand what barriers they need to overcome in their professional development to get them to the next stage of their career.
The scheme, offers eight weeks of industry mentoring, paid rehearsal time, bespoke workshops and a performance workshop where participants gain industry feedback for the work they present, whatever it stage it’s at.

Featuring HSQ collaborators Rachael Gladwin, Phil Bennett and Helena Summerfield plus Dave Tompkins on double bass, Helen’s project aims to explore links between jazz and traditional Welsh folk song and the use of improvisation in both styles. The ensemble has performed at a recent mjf hothouse artist showcase at Matt and Phred’s in Manchester and received very positive feedback.

Watch this space for more news as the project develops….


(Phil Portus – photo credit for pictures of Rachael and Helena)