Weekly programme



Children’s Orchestra
10.30 – 12 noon, BlueJam Arts Space


Improv Choir
7.30 – 9.30pm £7.50 BlueJam Arts Space


B Jamba – Community Samba Band
6 – 7.30pm £3 North Lakes School, Penrith
Swing Dance
7.30 – 9.45pm North Lakes School, Penrith


Improv Choir, The Heugh, nr Brampton
7 – 9pm  £7.50 Contact us for directions


Electric Guitar Tuition £4
Thursdays 5.30 – 7pm BlueJam Space

Rehearsals for BJYJE (before gigs)
Thursdays 7 – 9pm BlueJam Space

Improv Choir, Scotland
Fridays 7.30 – 9.30pm £7.50 Eskdalemuir Community Hub. (Monthly – see calendar for dates)


Girls in Jazz & BJYJE rehearsals – see blog for next dates.

Individual singing and instrumental lessons
BlueJam Arts Space

for more information about our programme and what we offer.

BlueJam Arts Space, Mostyn Hall, Friargate, Penrith CA117XR
North Lakes School, Huntley Ave, Penrith CA11 8NU
Brampton (The Heugh) Contact us for directions


Manchester composer records the Gamelan for new project

Tom Burford has made a trip up to Penrith to work with the sounds of the gamelan and integrate it into his composition method. With friends Seth and Hugh he will spend two days in BlueJam Space experimenting and recording and will also leave BlueJam with a professionally recorded bank of individual gamelan met allophone and gong samples. Tom has a great new album out with Kawuku Sound on Banana Hill – preview it on bandcamp.

BlueJam Arts Space Revamped!

For details of all the rooms available for creative activities and meetings, see our BlueJam Arts Space page.

You can also find out about our Open Space project, supported by Penrith Town Council, with details of free taster sessions and times when we are open for visitors to look around.

Busy Arts Trail!

We’re nearing the end of two weekends of music, poetry and art and we are shattered. We have had gamelan workshops, harpsichord demonstrations, a group poetry game, women and girls’ jazz sessions and fantastic responses to the new exhibition space upstairs and the work in it. looking forward to a rest!

Blues and Beyond


Geoff and Jilly are leading this months Play Jazz! session at the Sage Gateshead.
Saturday 5th May 2-6pm
You can enrol through the Sage.

Carol Book

Jilly is finally producing a book of the carols she has written for North Lakes School – one a year since 2002. If you go/used to go to North Lakes School and would like to sing on the accompanying recording, please get in touch. There are opportunities for soloists and choir members.

What Life Is Like For Some

Screenshot 2018-04-13 17.30.42In February halfterm, BlueJam’s video team Tom Leah and Bryony Jarman-Pinto made a film with 8 young people from around Cumbria.

It got a really good review! “The film was received with rapturous applause and a few teary eyes at the conference (at Rheged). It was introduced by John Macilwraith (Director of Children Services)  and he thought it was excellent as well. The fact that the young people were involved in all aspects of the making of the music, dance, crafts and production was amazing. The voice of the child really shone through.” Penny Crudge, Headteacher Virtual Schools CLA.

Here is a link to the video: LINK

What's on next?

Click here to see what’s happening on our calendar

Workshops & Gigs


BJYJE on Main Stage at SOLFEST Sat 24 August

CARLISLE PAGEANT – 1st September – join us singing!

PENRITH ARTS FESTIVAL – 1st & 2nd September

Girls in Jazz at CMH Conference North Lakes Hotel 19 September

Werkha & BJYJE at Upfront Theatre 5 October

Creative Music Day at Rheged 16 October

BlueJam Winter Choir at Centerparcs – November thru December