A CRITICALLY acclaimed jazz group from London will perform at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis as part of a UK-wide tour promoting their third album.

The Irene Serra Quartet (ISQ) will perform on Sunday, November 24, and lead a practical jazz workshop that afternoon. The workshop is open to both young people and adults with an interest in improvisation and jazz music, and will give participants the key tools needed to improve their playing and singing, as well as interpreting melodies and understanding lead sheets.

Vocalists and instrumentalists with experience in jazz are also welcome.

The workshop is presented in association with B Sharp, a Lyme Regis-based music and enterprise charity delivering training courses, performances and gigs across the region and beyond.

Italian singer Irene Serra studied with the renowned jazz performer Tiziana Ghiglioni at the Academy of Music in Milan, before moving to London in 1999 and continuing her musical endeavours at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has since performed at venues across the world and was the only European finalist in the Shure Jazz Voice Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2009.

With lyrics that are evocative and work to create a visual storyline, the quartet's latest album, Requiem for the Faithful, explores the group's deep jazz roots and musical spontaneity. Irene will be accompanied by Richard Sadler on the double bass, Naadia Sheriff on the piano, and Chris Nickolls on the drums.

All band members are also jazz educators and teach in various music colleges and universities in London.

The workshop runs from 5pm to 6.30pm at the Marine Theatre. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door, and participants are asked to bring their own instrument and music stand.

Irene Serra Quartet's performance begins at 8pm. Tickets are £8 in advance or £12 on the door. An advance combined ticket for both the concert and the workshop is £12.

For more information or to make a purchase, visit the Marine Theatre website or contact the box office.