5th August – 11th August 2018

Our world-class tutors will nurture musicians (aged 13-18) to develop their jazz and improvisation skills within a creative and supportive environment.
To get the most of this course, we would recommend that musicians have reached grade 5 standard and have some experience of playing jazz and improvising.
£895 Residential £695 Non-residential

Musical Opportunities

Our jazz summer school will give aspiring young jazz musicians a chance to work on the various aspects of jazz practice including style and groove, musicianship, technique, masterclasses, one to one lessons, career advice, jam sessions, listening and transcribing classes with our highly experienced Wells staff, all of whom are outstanding teachers and performers. Students will be placed in a band or workshop group according to their age, ability and experience.

You will have multiple opportunities to perform regardless of your skill level, but the highlight will be the end of the week concert on the Friday evening that is open to family and friends plus jam sessions throughout the week where you will have the opportunity to play alongside the tutors.

Whilst we encourage everyone to take part in all performances and activities, we will not force anyone to participate if they don’t want to do so for whatever reason. However, we hope our friendly and accepting community will lead all musicians to take part, even if it is slightly outside of their normal comfort zone!

Boys walking down Vicars Close at dusk


Have fun making music in a supportive environment...
Boys walking down Vicars Close at dusk


Learn in state-of-the-art facilities...
Boys walking down Vicars Close at dusk


Make new friends who share your interest in music...
Boys walking down Vicars Close at dusk


Be inspired by our beautiful surroundings...
Boys walking down Vicars Close at dusk


Develop your skills with our world-class tutors...

Other activities

Even professional musicians need a break from their instruments! With Wells Cathedral School’s outstanding facilities, you’ll have a range of activities to enjoy when you’re not making music…

Meet our world-class staff

Course tutors will generally be either full- or part-time teaching staff of Wells Cathedral School, a government-recognised specialist music school that is known for its quality teaching and musical opportunities for pre-professional musicians. However, should our staff be unavailable for our jazz summer school, we will appoint music teachers of a comparable calibre to teach courses.

More staff biographies coming soon – please check back!

Meet our Jazz Co-ordinator
Meet our Jazz Staff

A Typical Day

08.00 Breakfast
09.00 Morning ‘warm up’ with instruments
09.30 Instrumental coaching OR chord/scale/harmony class
10.30 Combo/band workshop – repertoire
11.30 Free time
12.00 Individual instrumental tuition/coaching
13.00 Lunch

14.00 Masterclass
15.00 Jazz listening and transcribing classes
16.00 Free time (afternoon activities)
17.00 Small band rehearsal time
18.00 Dinner (BBQ)
19.00 Evening activity/rehearsal or jam session or big band workshop
20.00 Evening wind-down/free time (age dependent)

Join us

Who is the course for?

Our jazz summer school is for musicians aged 13-18. To get the most of this course, we would recommend that musicians have reached grade 5 standard and have some experience of playing jazz and improvising.


The course costs £895 residential and £695 non-residential. The course includes meals (lunch and dinner for non-residential). Book by 12th January 2018 to take advantage of our early bird special and save 10% off the residential or non-residential fees!

How to apply

Please click here to apply for our course. If you have any questions or if you’d like help with the application process, please contact us on 01749 834298 / [email protected]