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Girls in Jazz

Morley College in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama invites young female instrumentalists and vocalists aged 11-18 to an exciting day of practical workshops led by bassist Amy Baldwin, pianist, vocalist and composer Joy Ellis and saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies learning about improvisation, jazz standards and women in jazz. The day will feature a performance by the fantastic workshop leaders and culminate in an informal sharing performance in Morley College’s Emma Cons Hall.

All abilities, instruments and levels of experience are welcome to join with a range of groups suitable for everyone. Experience in jazz performance is not essential.

Admission free but registration required. For further information see below.

Workshop Groups

The Girls in Jazz day will be run in three groups to cater for varying levels of experience in jazz. Participants should indicate their level of experience in playing and performing jazz on their registration form

Group 1: for young female instrumentalists and vocalists who are new to jazz and improvisation or have a limited amount of pre-existing experience and are keen to learn more, develop new skills and confidence in playing jazz. Led by jazz musician, double and electric bassist, Amy Baldwin.

Group 2: for young female instrumentalists and vocalists who have existing experience in jazz and improvising and are interested in taking these skills further, developing confidence and experience of performing in an ensemble with other young learners. Suitable for young people that have already performed jazz ensembles and feel okay about being asked to improvise already. Led by vocalist and pianist Joy Ellis.

Group 3: for female instrumentalists who are more experienced playing jazz and are more confident improvisers. Suitable for players who already have some experience playing with jazz ensembles and are looking to develop their skills in improvisation further. Led by saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies, this group will suit those musicians looking to hone their skills in improvisation and trade solos in a jam session context.

9.30am Registration
Morley College Reception
Arrive in plenty of time to kick off the day!  
10.00am10.20amWelcome & Warm Up   
Emma Cons Hall    
A quick welcome followed by group warm up activity for all participants.  
10.20am 11.15amWorkshops
Morley College Rehearsal Rooms
Time to split into our workshop groups to start making jazz.  
11.15am 11.30amBreak
11.30am 12.30pmGroup workshop
Emma Cons Hall
Led by Girls in Jazz Day tutors  
12.30pm 1.00pmLunch
1.00pm 2.00pmTutor Performance / Q&A
Emma Cons Hall
Join jazz professionals for an informal performance and Q&A session.  
2.00pm3.00pmMorley College Rehearsal Rooms  
Emma Cons Hall
An informal sharing, showing the results of the groups workshops from throughout the day.  
4.00pm End of Girls in Jazz workshop Day  
How to Book

Admission free but registration required. To book your place, please fill in this Registration Form. Your details will only be used for the purpose of informing you about the Girls in Jazz day.

If you are under 18 you must confirm that you have your parent/guardian’s permission to provide this personal data. If you are under 13 you should not provide us with personal data but ask your parent/guardian to complete the form.

Final details for the day will be confirmed via email.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please email adam.williams@gsmd.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Girls in Jazz’.