LEEDS COLLEGE OF MUSIC ‘GENERATION BIG BAND’ PROJECT

The Foundation is pleased to support the Leeds College of Music’s Generation Big Band Project for a second year in 2018-19. Our grant will help expand the programme to local schools,  widening participation in jazz and help discover new talent. Led by jazz trumpeter Mark Chandler, Generation Big Band will run a series of after-school jazz workshops in five partner schools across Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate. Over 100 schoolchildren between the age of 11 and 15 will benefit from these sessions. The Foundation will also offer fully-funded scholarships to underprivileged talented young musician to participate, free of charge, in Saturday Music School (SMS), the Jazz programme and Generation Big Band programmes in Leeds College of Music. The project will be led by jazz trumpeter Mark Chandler, with support from Leeds College of Music alumni who are active jazz musicians. Mark has previously worked as a member of the Johnny Dankworth Big Band, the BBC Big Band and was more recently a section member for the acclaimed Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Follow this link to find out how to apply: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/junior-lcom/generation-big-band-14-18-years/

Generation Big Band

Run as part of their Junior LCoM programme, the Generation Big Band project aims to bring together excellence across all generations of the Yorkshire jazz community, celebrating the region’s rich and strong tradition for improvised music. In 2017/18, Generation Big Band ran across a full academic year for the first time. Rehearsals focused on development of musical skills including phrasing, improvisation, approach to repertoire and how to perform in an ensemble or particular section. Thanks to funding provided by the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation, two deserving young musicians (Jonah Evans and Matthew Lambert) were able to access this provision, free of charge.