Jazz Camp for Girls

5th March 2022

On 5 March Leeds Conservatoire was one of four venues to host Jazz North’s Jazz Camp for Girls

Designed to give young female and non-binary musicians the chance to experience Jazz music and improvisation in a supportive environment, the conservatoire welcomed 25 students for a day of music making. 

Warm Ups

Students started the day with vocal warm ups. 

With tuition from professional musicians, the day long course inspired students by introducing them to positive female Jazz role models through the music they played. Tutors Caroline Boaden (Drums), Ella Hohnen-Ford (Vocals), Fini Bearman (Vocals) and Tori Freestone (Saxophone), led lessons covering improvisation, rhythm and groove building, Jazz repertoire, composition and performance techniques. 

Meet Up

Meeting the other Jazz Camps.  

After lunch the students and their tutors met up with the other camps running in Doncaster and Hull on Zoom. Helena Summerfield, the Jazz Camp for Girls project leader, introduced everyone and students got to hear what the other locations had been working on.  

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Tutors performing for students and their families. 

We finished the day with a performance from our tutors followed by performances from our amazingly creative and talented students showcasing their work from the day.  

Head of Leeds Junior Conservatoire, Karen Gourlay said,

'This has been an inspirational day. I am very proud to work with the team of people who brought Jazz Camp for Girls to life.  It is essential that opportunities like this exist for young people to explore and develop their musical interests in a safe and nurturing environment. We look forward to seeing what these talented young musicians do next and can’t wait to do Jazz Camp for Girls again next year'

Find out more:

If you would like to know more about opportunities for young people in music and drama at Leeds Junior Conservatoire please contact us at Junior@lcm.ac.uk. We have a wide range of entry points from beginner through to advanced.  

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