Jazz Camp for Girls Returns to Leeds Conservatoire

By Gemma Cross


Award-winning initiative Jazz Camp for Girls returned to Leeds Conservatoire on Saturday 2 March.

Participant feedback was very positive, and they were happy to share what they had learned and enjoyed about Jazz Camp for Girls. Feedback included the following:

“I loved experiencing new music and learning a new genre with new people.” 

Lilia, 15 

“Jazz is not about playing notes, it’s about having fun.” 

Isla, 10 

“I’ve enjoyed learning the blues because it’s something I’ve never done before!”  

Meredith, 11 

“I’ve enjoyed the freedom to mess around with notes and not be restricted by sheet music.”  

Leah, 13 

“It’s been exciting and fun and helped me learn about different types of music.”  

Olivia, 9 

“I’ve learnt a lot about jazz. I didn’t know I could play jazz on the violin, and I learnt the blues scale. I’ve loved everything and enjoyed myself a lot.” 

Angela, 8 

“It’s a really supportive environment, especially for improvisation which sometimes I struggle with.” 

Olta, 15 

“This isn’t just jazz, it’s life.” 

Alexandra, 12 

Following the virtual meet-up, participants watched Generation Big Band rehearse in The Venue, Leeds Conservatoire’s state-of-the art, 350 seat auditorium. This was a great opportunity to hear a different style of jazz music, as well as witness a live performance from Leeds Conservatoire students and graduates, alongside Leeds Junior Conservatoire musicians. 

The day concluded with a performance to family and friends, where participants showcased their fantastic arrangements and compositions from the day.  

Head of Leeds Junior Conservatoire, Karen Gourlay, described the day itself, and everyone involved, as inspirational and added the following:

“Opportunities to explore creative work in a supportive and nurturing environment are so important for musicians developing their craft. It was lovely to see returning students from previous jazz camps too. I was so impressed with the approach of the young people and the way they engaged with the day. They all received a well-deserved round of applause at the end.”

To find out more about opportunities for young people in music and drama at Leeds Junior Conservatoire please email Junior@lcm.ac.uk (wide range of entry points from beginner through to advanced)

By Gemma Cross

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