RONNIE SCOTTS BIG BAND IN A DAY
Established in January 2012, ‘Big Band In A Day’ is Ronnie Scott’s outreach scheme for developing young musicians in the UK. Once a month, we invite young musicians to play in a free one day workshop where they will play and practice as a Jazz Big band and will perform two pieces on the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club main stage that evening. This great workshop led by Pete Long (RS Big Band conductor and artistic director) has welcomed more than a thousand school children from London and around the country. The aim of the workshop is to give the children a core grounding in the skills and disciplines and sounds of a big band, with an emphasis on playing by ear and improvisation.
Open to any 12-17 year old students, we work with young people with very basic skills and train them. The idea is to introduce the jazz element at a much earlier level and help nurture it. Over the years, we have received excellent feedback from the parents and have inspired many young people to add jazz in their music repertoire. Follow this link to find out how to apply: www.bigbandinaday.co.uk
When: Every month (except August & December)
Location: Soho, London
Age range: 12 to 17 years old
“It was a fantastic day, one we will never forget! Sophia and Alex have now got the jazz/swing bug and you can tell Mark that they both left the house Doodlela-ing to school this morning. Totally inspirational! This was the moment they were waiting for to liven up their sound and release their musical creativity. Thank you so much. Pete and Mark are fantastic professionals, superb teachers and total geniuses with the kids.”