Beyond Concerts

Learning and participation is central to the EFG London Jazz Festival programme. Our L&P programme opens the door to music for all age groups, with opportunities to participate on a variety of levels, from jazz workshops for toddlers, through to family-friendly events. We also have a great deal of activity taking place behind the scenes. Each year we invite internationally acclaimed artists into schools, conservatoires and community settings. Below is a selection of last year’s projects:

RANDOLPH MATTHEWS, ARUN GHOSH AND GAWAIN HEWITT GO NORTH
The Festival teamed up with Clive, artsdepot’s club night for young people with learning disabilities  and brought jazz centre stage! The performance featured a performance by young people followed by a special jazz residency with vocal explorer Randolph Matthews, music technologist Gawain Hewitt and composer/clarinettist Arun Ghosh.

BRENDAN REILLY, ZARA McFARLANE AND CECILIA STALIN GO EAST
In partnership with Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES) three of London’s finest vocalists delivered a series of inspirational and fun jazz singing workshops for primary school children and training for their teachers across Tower Hamlets in the autumn, and culminated in the schools coming together for a final celebratory concert.

SOWETO KINCH AND ESKA GO SOUTH
Patron Soweto Kinch and acclaimed singer songwriter Eska introduced a new music, dance and theatre commission created by talented young people from across South East and Outer London, in partnership with ArtsTrain. It featured the brightest talent and original voices from the region. Prior to their performance, they also worked with wordsmith, Zena Edwards.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS GO BACK TO SCHOOL
As part of our commitment to nurturing the next generation of musicians, we regularly take top-flight international artists into conservatoires and music colleges around London. Last year’s festival was no different - we had Marcus Miller visiting the students at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Festival on the Move artist, Alan Hampton, dropping in to Tech Music School and TrinityLaban.

For more information about EFG London Jazz Festival and our year round Learning & Participation programme, please contact learning@serious.org.uk