INTERNATIONAL JAZZ WEEK

4th August – 10th August 2019

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.

Musical Opportunities

Our jazz summer school will give aspiring young jazz musicians a chance to work on the various aspects of jazz practice, which may include 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!

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.

Meet our Jazz Staff

A Typical Day

7.30am: Wake up call for boarders
8.00am: Breakfast
8.30am:
 Registration in Cedars Hall for both day and boarding students
9.00am:
 Group warm up
9.30am: 
Group workshop session 1
11.00am: Break
11.30am: Group workshop session 2
12.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm: Jazz classes with tutors or individual lessons on request
2.30pm: Activities – sport, shopping, additional music
4.30pm:
 Full jazz group rehearsal
6.00pm: Supper
6.45pm: 
Jam session
7.45pm: Day pupils depart
8.00pm: Boarders’ Activities
9.30pm: 
Bedtime routine begins (age dependent)

Fees

The course costs £895 boarding and £695 day.  The course includes meals (lunch and dinner for day). We are offering a 10% early bird discount if you book by 31st January 2019.

Please note that a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the course fee is required to reserve your place, with the balance due on 1st April 2019. Bookings made after after the 1st April 2019 must be accompanied by the full fee for the course.

How to apply

We recommend that you have the following information available before starting our booking process:

  • Details about your child’s musical history, including feedback from your child’s music teacher, if applicable
  • Details about any medical insurance cover, if applicable
  • Details about your child’s medical history, including dates of any major illnesses
  • Payment card details
To book onto our course, please note you will need to complete the following steps:

If you have any questions or if you’d like help with the application process, please contact us on 01749 834298 / [email protected]