The Foundation was pleased to support the Leeds College of Music’s Generation Big Band Project for a second year in 2018-19. Our grant helped 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 benefitted from these sessions. The Foundation also offered 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 was 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.

Leeds College of Music’s jazz degree was the first in Europe, and over the last 50 years we’ve become a leading authority in jazz across the UK and in Europe. Many of our staff and alumni have participated as house musicians or as performers at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. With this long-esteemed history of encouraging jazz and improvised music, we are delighted to receive funding from the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation in support of the next generation of talented jazz musicians, helping to ensure there is vibrancy amongst the UK jazz scene for years to come. Last year, almost 50% of our degree level students were supported in their study with bursaries and we similarly share the Foundation’s mission to ensure that music education remains accessible for all. We are delighted to have established a successful partnership with the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation.Gerry Godley

Principal and Managing Director, Leeds College of Music