Delve Deeper

Learning & Participation is at the heart of the EFG London Jazz Festival programme.

We aim to enable audiences to delve deeper into the music through workshops, talks, masterclasses and community performances.  We offer opportunities to participate on a variety of levels, from jazz for toddlers to family-friendly matinees and Serious Sing sessions for singers of all ages.

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.  Please read on for a snapshot of activity:

Bromley ArtsTrain

Bromley’s creative music project ArtsTrain hosts a fantastic night of performance by young people at Langley Park school in Beckenham on Monday 17 November at 7pm.
Patron Soweto Kinch and acclaimed composer and producer James Yarde will introduce a new collaborative, cross-genre commission created by young people from Bromley Youth Music Trust and the ArtsTrain Academy. The evening will feature the brightest talent and original sounds from the region.
Prior to this performance, student from across Bromley will be working with vocalist Brendan Reilly (Basement Jaxx) to hone their songwriting skills.

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning (Im)Possibilities Band
(Im)Possibilities is an ensemble which gives young artists from east London (aged 14 – 25) the opportunity to collaborate and explore new musical frontiers. 
Leading up to the Festival, in partnership with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh will be working with the young musicians to compose a set of new music which will be premiered at Rich Mix on 23 November, opening for Arun’s Sonic Boom! band.

Sound Travels
In partnership with Wigmore Hall Learning, we present an inspiring concert exploring global musical cultures and improvisation designed to complement both the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum.  The concert features tabla player Kuljit Bhamra, saxophonist Andy Sheppard and guitarist Aliocha Thevenet; three UK-based musicians with far-reaching influences and styles.
To book please contact the Wigmore Hall Learning team on 020 7258 8240

Recorders Reordered
Maverick recorder player Genevieve Lacey is equally at home playing baroque music as improvising and using cutting-edge electronic techniques.  Especially for the Festival she has teamed up with pianist Alexander Hawkins to create a concert for Islington school children aged 7-11 – showcasing all the weird and wonderful things you can do with a humble recorder.  The performance will include a Festival commission for the duo and hundreds of young recorder players.

Key Stage 3 Improvisation
In partnership with Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES), three of the UK’s finest improvisers; Dave Kane, Corey Mwamba and Joshua Blackmore will deliver a series of workshops for secondary school students to build confidence in improvisation and develop composition skills.  All the schools involved, plus the trio will come together to perform a free concert at Rich Mix on Friday 14 November at 1pm. 

For more information about the Learning & Participation at the EFG London Jazz Festival, please contact learning@serious.org.uk