What's On in 2019

National Youth Jazz Orchestra - Regional Academies

Regional Academies

Who Can Come

How to book

When and Where

Cumbria Music Hub is partnering with NYJO on their current project to promote jazz among young players across the UK.

Any young person with an interest in learning how to play using jazz techniques – any instrument including vocals.

Go to the Cumbria Music Education Hub website for a booking form

Saturday 16th Feb
Saturday 23rd March
10.30 – 4.30
North Lakes School
Huntley Avenue
CA11 8NU

BJYJE - BlueJam Youth Jazz Ensemble

The Ensemble

Who and How

New Players

This is a small jazz combo which aims to give emerging young jazz players a range of performance opportunities to increase their understanding of the jazz scene and the the skills they will need.

Open to Cumbrian players under 19 who are confident enough to hold their own performing and soloing in a small group. There are usually 3 rehearsals before a gig on Thursdays in Penrith, £4 per session, with additional workshops throughout the year open to any young player. Please contact us before coming along.

We are putting a band together for two gigs in January and March playing our current set – after that we will be exploring new material and actively looking for new players to join us.

Girls in Jazz Programme

When and where

Support for Girls to engage in Jazz

Outing to Manchester

Monthly Saturday afternoon workshops in Penrith for any girl wanting to learn some jazz skills to use in their own music and to find out more about the genre. Led by Jilly Jarman with guest tutors.

There are jazz opportunities for Cumbrian players, eg with NYJO, NJYC and Lancashire Music Hub which we want more girls to feel confident to take up. If you want to know more, please get in touch.

We are taking part in a pilot project through Jazz North and getting together with Trafford MH for a joint girls jazz workshop on Sunday 10th February.
We will be travelling down by car – this is open to any girl age 9+. Get in touch if you are interested.

Improv Choir

What We Do

Who We Are

Who Leads?

We start with a game or warm-up relating to the music we will be looking at.
We sing jazz songs, trade improvised vocal riffs, explore different approaches, take the songs apart and put them back together (sort of) again.
We turn the lights off and improvise freely.
We use movement, percussion, different music systems to understand what we are doing and give us more choices.
We rely on our imaginations and give our vocal skills time to catch up.

The Penrith & Brampton groups meet regularly and have developed a strong connection and heady mix of fun, fear and catharsis. However – we really welcome new people and the energy and new ideas they bring to the group.
Feel free to come and try it out – some people hate it, others get hooked. You don’t have to have a good voice, just a desire to explore what it can do.
A group in Eskdalemuir meets monthly and one in Howick, Northumberland every 6 weeks. More groups planned for Cockermouth and Kendal.

Jilly Jarman is a composer and improvisor.
She works with choirs of all hues around the country using improvisation and jazz as tools for confidence in self-expression and group awareness.

Individual jazz tuition


Singing, piano & flute

Geoff Bartholomew teaches mainly on Fridays at BlueJam Space. Hour lessons £30. All ages, beginners to advanced.

Jilly Jarman teaches Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings at BlueJam Space. All ages, beginners to advanced. Hour lessons £30

Jazz Bands for Hire

Swing Bands

We have musicians with bands who can play for swing and lindy dance events.
We can also provide dance bands for weddings and events