TWO award-winning jazz musicians have been rehearsing hard, ready to take the stage for a special performance at Cirencester College’s eagerly-awaited fundraising ball this weekend.

Jazz pianist Laurie Holloway and singer-songwriter Becki Biggins have been keen to lend their support to Cirencester Career Academies and will play for guests as they arrive on Saturday evening.

“I worked as a teacher for several years and I think career academies are a great idea,” said Becki. “It’s so important to get students out of the classroom and into the workplace for some real-life experience – it really raises their aspirations.”

She added: “There’s such a strong sense of community in Cirencester and I know the college really relies upon its relationships with local businesses. I hope the event will raise awareness about the college and its value within the community.”

Laurie said the pair can not wait to perform at the weekend “We’re really excited about performing at the ball,” he said. “We’re pleased to be able to support the college and we hope everyone will enjoy themselves and have a fun evening.”

Multi-talented Laurie has enjoyed a long and star-studded career, writing for singers Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. He has also worked as musical director for Rolf Harris and Dame Edna Everage, as well as conducting the BBC radio orchestra.

Becki has experienced a quick rise to stardom, after writing and recording three number one US albums with writing partner Paul Hardcastle and winning Best Smooth Jazz Artist award in the process.

The pair’s first album was nominated for a Grammy Award. The Academy Ball takes place at the Corn Hall at 7pm on Saturday, October 6. Limited tickets are still available priced at £100 per person. For more information call 01285 626102.