Young people learn how to blow their own trumpet

Published Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Digby Fairweather with trumpet

A new series of jazz workshops for 18’s and under are coming to Southend-on-Sea courtesy of the National Youth Jazz Collective [NYJC] at Metal in Chalkwell Park.

NYJC is the country’s biggest network for teaching young musicians to play and improvise in small bands and is supported by the Arts Council England and Ronnie Scott’s Foundation.

Working with Southend Music-on-Sea and the Southend based Jazz Centre UK; NYJC is bringing its exciting formula of learn-as-you-play Sundays to the prestigious arts centre, which is renowned for the Village Green Festival.

NYJC workshops are open to all-comers aged eight to 18, regardless of their current ability to read music. They have proven invaluable to young people with an aptitude to learn by ear and a desire to improvise. Young musicians train with top tutors who are all professional jazz musicians and composers and the organisation welcomes all instrumentalist (not just Western or traditional jazz) and singers to learn to play and invent something new together.

NYJC has proven its value over the last 10 years, supporting over 1,000 young people to play and improvise including 2016’s BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Alexandra Ridout who acknowledges that she “wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today without NYJC”.

Local jazz luminary Digby Fairweather is a long-time supporter of NYJC and played at their 10th Birthday concert this summer recognising their “invaluable place in British jazz history”.

Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, said: “Over the past few years, Southend-on-Sea has become a vibrant, cultural hotspot that attracts some of the finest musicians around, and is also developing a real reputation for its jazz scene thanks to the jazz centre and archive hosted at the Beecroft Gallery.

“These workshops have a proven success rate and they are great fun for any young people who would like to further, or perhaps start their musical talents, and they are also a great opportunity to make new friends.”

Southend-on-Sea is one of only six regional centres to host NYJC this year. The workshops series commences 22 October and has six sessions between now and May, all on Sundays between 10 am and 6 pm.

For full details or to enrol with NYJC at Metal young people or parents can visit the National Youth Jazz website  or call 020 714 2854 for more details.