A dynamic hub for music and arts in North Cumbria

Weekly programme

FROM Jan 2018:


Children’s Orchestra
10.30 – 12 noon, North Lakes School, Penrith


Improv Choir
7.30 – 9.30pm £8 BlueJam Artspace, Penrith


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, Penrith

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

Jazz & Improv Singing Workshop
Fridays 7.30 – 9.30pm £7.50 Eskdalemuir Community Hub. (Monthly – see calendar for dates)


Girls in Jazz, & Creative Jazz Workshops – see blog for next dates.

Individual singing and instrumental lessons
BlueJam Artspace

for more information about our programme and what we offer.

BlueJam Artspace, Mostyn Hall, Friargate, Penrith CA117XR
North Lakes School, Huntley Ave, Penrith CA11 8NU
Brampton (The Heugh) = contact us for directions


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

Will Michael Jazz Education Award

BlueJam was awarded a diploma along with three Music Hubs from around the UK last week. Jilly shown here receiving it!
This is a real boost for the work being done by all the organisations promoting youth jazz in Cumbria and for the Music Hub’s commitment to a viable and innovative jazz development programme.
Congratulations to everyone!

BlueJam Winter Music

BlueJam Winter Music 2017
Regular gigs from now til the New Year at Centerparcs. They are actually great fun as lots of people come to listen, dance, join in and appreciate a range of winter music from obscure medieval to pop, world and jazz arrangements of familiar tunes. In the band we have guitar, cello, whistle, flute, trumpets, trombone and drums and then we put them all down and sing acapella, so a wide variety of sounds – which keep the younger listeners enthralled. We’ve done this for 4 years now so are actually quite well-rehearsed – and the money helps to keep BlueJam afloat for the rest of the year.

BlueJam Arts award for services to jazz education

Jilly is off to London next week to pick up an award for BlueJam from Will Michael Foundation – a chance to meet new people in the jazz world and also catch up with old friends. Thanks to all the team at BlueJam and Cumbria Music Hub who helped to make this happen.

Girls In Jazz with India Harding

Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 18.33.05IMG_2356The first Girls In Jazz session this academic year started with a fizz with India Harding joining us and getting a great vocal section improvising, riffing and harmonising the tune.

We had 4 woodwind, two keys, bass, drums and vocals, so a great band setup.

We started with a descending bassline and wrote our own song over it – the Grass Is Greener – this developed into a full arrangement with vocal and instrumental solos and acapella sections. We also did Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child and a funky version of Summertime.

India had just heard she has been offered a scholarship at Birmingham Conservatoire, so definitely intend to get her back up here from Lancaster before she goes next year.

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