The Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation proudly supported Kinetika Bloco’s Junior Summer School 2018 in Tulse Hill, South London. The programme engaged 101 participants – 9 to 13 years old – in the course of four days and ended with a performance in front of family and friends. The participants comprised of 30 brass/woodwind players, 25 on steel pans, 36 on drums and 10 volunteer leaders. 45 different schools were represented as well as some home-schooled children and the young people were 85% from BAME backgrounds including 40 girls and 61 boys.

Kinetika Bloco’s Junior Summer School started in 2015 thanks to the funding by Youth Music as a part of Exchanging Notes, a music education programme looking at the connection between formal and informal music making. It has proved very successful with 60 young people aged 9-14 years old attending in 2015 and increasing to 120 in 2016.

Kinetika Bloco Junior Summer School 2018 highlights

We had an amazing Junior Summer School with 101 young people aged 8-13 years old creating music over 4 days in Tulse Hill, South London. Our theme for this year has been called First in Line – celebrating the music and culture of New Orleans because it is their 300 anniversary. Check our the highlights from the performance here. The tune is On the Spot by the fabulous Hot 8 Brass band! Big thanks for funding the project goes to Youth Music who funded this with Walcot Foundation as a part of Exchanging Notes project and the fabulous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club Charitable Foundation who want to support grass roots jazz in London.

Posted by Kinetika Bloco on Thursday, 13 September 2018

The Junior Summer School is a free to attend initiative and aimed at under 13 years old wishing to take part in drumming, steel pan, brass and woodwind sessions. The group work on 4 pieces of music in order to prepare a performance on the last afternoon. The participants do not need previous experience except for the brass/woodwind section who need to at least know the notes and have access to an instrument to bring with them.

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“I liked that you could play what you wanted to your standard. Even though I was a low grade I could push myself to play and try and find ways to challenge myself. I got to play cool jazz music and have fun”