Jazz Skills Day

Sunday 3rd March 2019
9.30am – 4.00pm

Open to pupils under 18 years with a minimum grade 4 (ABRSM)
Admission £40

Join us for an inspirational day

During our Jazz Skills Day, you will:

  • play in Cedars Hall, our state-of-the-art performance venue
  • develop your jazz improvisational skills
  • benefit from expert tuition with specialist tutors
  • watch guest tutor Iain Ballamy perform at lunchtime.

The day is aimed at all ‘front line’ instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone and clarinet. Pupils will be divided into three levels: new to jazz, intermediate jazz improvisers and advanced jazz improvisers. Please state which group you would like to join on the application form.

About the Tutoring Team

Iain Ballamy

Iain, our guest tutor, is an internationally recognised saxophonist and composer. He is an active mentor and educator, sharing his musical, instrumental and compositional skills at top music conservatoires. He is also a recording artist with ECM records.

Edward Leaker, Head of Woodwind
Ed Leaker

Ed is Head of Woodwind and Jazz at Wells
Cathedral School and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. He leads our resident Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra and has enjoyed an international freelance career, performing in both jazz and classical settings.

Nicholas Malcolm – BMus (Hons) & MMus (Merit) – Jazz Trumpet and Improvisation
Nick Malcolm

Nick is an original, exciting and heart-felt
improviser. A graduate of the jazz course at Trinity College of Music, he has performed at Ronnie Scotts and various jazz festivals around the UK. Nick is in great demand throughout the UK as a contemporary improviser.

Join Us

Admission £40

Refreshments will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch

For information on where to find us, please click here for our map.

For more information, please contact Dominique Swain on 01749 834487 or [email protected]

Registration Form

Course Details

Name of the course(s) you'd like to book (required)
Classical Guitar DayViola DayFrench Horn DayTrumpet DaySingle Reed Day

Pupil Information

First Name (required)

Surname (required)

Correspondence Address (including postcode) (required)

Telephone (H)


Email (required)



Parent/Guardian name:

Current school:

Which instrument(s) will you bring? (required)

Which grade are you currently on? (required)

Do you wish to have a masterclass (Grade 6+)? Please note that this option is only available on certain skills days - please see event information.

If so, which music would you play?

Please let us know how you heard about the day: (required)

Would you like us to contact you about future instrument skills days and other music opportunities at Wells Cathedral School?

Terms and Conditions

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  • press releases to local and national newspapers
  • sharing recorded concerts with parents, guardians and friends.

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Please note that we will email you confirmation of your booking with this link that you'll need to follow in order to make payment. Your booking won't be finalised until payment has been made. You will need to set up an account the first time you book a course. If you would like any help with the application or payment process, please contact Dominique Swain on 01749 834487.