Improv Choirs Updates

Jilly Online Jazz Singing Practice Sessions

Zoom choirs don’t really work for Improv …so Jilly is running bi-weekly Zoom Jazz Singing Practice Sessions instead

Mondays 7.40-8.40 Wednesdays 7.15 – 8.15

Each week Jilly will introduce a new jazz standard. She will zap through some interesting features of the song and lead you through a series of warm-up and soloing exercise based on the tune. The most popular bit seems to be the last bit when she plays the piano accompaniment for people to sing the tune or improvise over!

Online sessions are a good way for newcomers to dip their toe into the scary improvisation sea as no-one can hear your initial attempts! All welcome! You can sing or play an instrument. All charts put up on the website in advance HERE

Sessions are £5 payable in advance – use the PayPal or BACS link on this page. Please e-mail us to get the Zoom link to come along (

BlueJam Lockdown Videos

We really miss playing with you guys.

So what we have been doing is to try to recreate the experience of playing together by making a series of videos with the BlueJam Jazz team and our visiting  artists, which you can join in with but also, within an online music-making programme Soundtrap (like a cut-down Logic or Cubase), record your own solos and arrangements. You can then upload these to the website if you want or share them with each other and build new pieces etc. 

We have finished the first video which teaches a new song written specially for BlueJam by the amazing Jemma Freese (look at her credits at the end, she’s flying). Anyone in the BlueJam Jazz project, or your friends if they want to join, can access all the videos in the series for free, and we can log them in to Soundtrap as well. Go to the JAZZ page to see the video!

You can find the words and music and audio clips for the singalong by clicking on the flyer

Penrith Improv Choir songwriting session Nov 2017

Tonight there was a small group of 4 – we had been working on vocal dexterity last week and this week I had just done a skill swap with Catherine Ashcroft who is a lovely whistle player so I thought I would use the whistle and the way it sounds on a jig with some rolls and cuts and move that onto the voice. We then took a 14C secular carol and sang it to the jig then Ruth improvised a new tune. We then moved that into different time signatures and worked out a chord structure. We ended up going over time we got so engrossed. I will put the tune up in vocal union – it is beautiful – thanks Ruth!