South Coast Jazz Festival 2015 Workshops

South Coast Jazz Festival Workshops Shoreham Ropetackle


Singers Masterclass

Date/Time: Friday 23rd January, 11am-3.30pm
Where: Ropetackle Mezzanine Room
Admission: £50 (sold-out), spectator slots are still available at £20, please email to express your interest.
Tutors: Claire Martin & Gareth Williams

Jazz vocalist Claire Martin with award winning pianist Gareth Williams present a Singers Masterclass. Singers are invited to this masterclass which will involve: performing 2 songs with the group and exploring mic technique, improvisation, choosing keys and material, stage presence, counting in, planning a set, warming up properly, and tackling nerves!


The Ropetackle Jazz Workshop

Date/Time: Friday 23rd January, 2pm, with a show at 3.30pm
Where: Ropetackle Auditorium
Admission: FREE (for festival ticket holders only, this is to observe the workshop and show)
Tutors: Mark Bassey

This session is already a regular feature at Ropetackle and the South Coast Jazz Festival is proud to be able to incorporate this workshop into the weekend’s program.


Jazz For Juniors

Date/Time: Saturday 24th January, 10.30am-1.30pm (including a concert at 1pm)
Where: Ropetackle Auditorium
Admission: FREE (subject to availability, this is to observe the 1pm show, to participate please see below*)
Tutors: Trudy Kerr & Sue Richardson

Open to music students up to GCSE at participating secondary schools including Shoreham Academy, Varndean (Brighton), and Steyning Grammar, this workshop will explore improvisation and ensemble playing on the blues – including a composition by Claire Martin, and a South African-style swing composition “Ukudansa”, by Julian Nicholas.

Julian will have already introduced the materials to participating schools and the students at the workshop will be those who want to take their experience of improvising further. Students will be working in the morning, experimenting with the techniques of improvisation, and jazz ensemble playing.

This workshop will culminate in a ‘show’ 1pm. Family and friends of participants and festival ticket-holders will have priority admission to the 1pm performance – which is free of charge.

*Please contact Ropetackle before Jan 9th if you wish to participate, leaving parental contact details, age, school and instrument. We will contact you letting you know if there is a space available for you.

We are proud to be working alongside the Starr Trust and BBC Radio 3, with support from Arts Council England.


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