This year we have a great programme planned with activities for 5 up to 19 year old children and young people.
The timetable will be followed loosely as people have expressed interest in combining the jazz, studio and puppet film elements and we have enough tutors to make this work. However any young person who just wants to do jazz – that is fine! Get in touch with any questions or preferences.
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Tom is a studio composer, recording and performing artist and DJ who has moved to Glasgow and writes and records his own music in the studio, performing solo and also with a live band. A former BlueJammer he has run many successful studio skills sessions for BlueJam for various projects and we are very glad to have him back. He performs as “Werkha” and has an album out shortly.
Geoff moved to Penrith from London in 2013 and is now established as Cumbria’s leading jazz trumpet player. Writing his own music he plays in various bands and has established a teaching practice in schools and privately. He co-runs BlueJam’s Jazz Programme and performs locally and across Europe.
Jilly is Director of BlueJam and co-runs the Jazz Programme. She is an MD and composer who works with vocal and instrumental groups of all levels, incorporating improvisation and composition into the activity wherever she can.
Kate is a professional illustrator and published writer who lives in Eden. She has collaborated on projects with BlueJam bringing her amazing quickfire drawing skills and friendly imagination to many different situations.
You don’t have to have a lot of experience, but if you want to do the Jazz session you will need to be able to play an easy tune on your instrument.
Bring your instrument if you have one. We will provide instruments to try and materials for the shadow puppet workshops.
BlueJam runs Music Schools in the holidays and at half-terms.
We call them music schools because we make sure that participants can access high-quality tuition and support.
However, they are meant to be fun and accessible to young people of all standards, and we are not interested in producing a musical elite. Many young people who find it hard to become involved in music for example in school find our way of working suits them and go on to become experienced musicians.
Any feedback from parents, teachers, youth workers is invaluable as well as obviously from young people themselves.
We are especially interested to find out why some young people stop coming so that we can support them better.