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:

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.

Natalija L.


We believe at the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation that music should be accessible to all regardless of their gender, background or social status. We are dedicated to help the next generation of female jazz musicians by giving the space, mentoring and help they need to achieve excellence. We also believe that lack of role models and opportunities are a huge obstacle for young women wishing to develop their jazz music career.

In 2015, we organised the first all-female big band via our ‘Big Band In A Day’ programme, bringing together 18 players that have never met and turning them into a jazz big band. Since the experience was so successful and the feedback was so positive, we decided to re-invite the same band to play again last March.

All-Female Big Band In A Day Workhshop (March 2018)

#womensdayspecial Celebrating the ladies in jazz @ Ronnie's ! The next generation is here !

Posted by Ronnie Scott's Charitable Foundation on Thursday, 8 March 2018


#TBT #BEHINDTHESCENES #ALLFEMALEBIGBAND Improvisation practice before the evening performance for our special edition of "big band in a day"! #womensdayspecial #nextgenerationishere #March2018Big Band In A Day is a free monthly workshop taking place at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and fully funded by the Foundation, for more info and application: credit footage: Daniel Devlin

Posted by Ronnie Scott's Charitable Foundation on Thursday, 15 March 2018

Another fantastic performance by the Big Band In A Day team. What a powerful image to have an all-female line-up with talent and enjoyment being displayed in equal measure! Bravo – a superb initiative that was professionally executed. Thank you for allowing the parents to share in the experience #special #memories.