Jazz Camp
for Girls

Young musicians at a jazz camp

Jazz Camp for Girls: creative music-making for young female musicians

What is it?

Jazz Camp for Girls enables young musicians to experience jazz music and explore improvisation in a supportive environment with expert tuition from professional musicians. Participants will gain new skills and be inspired by learning about – and playing alongside – pioneering women in the jazz industry.

Who is it for?

The camps are designed for girls aged between 9 – 15 years old with little or no experience of improvising. All instruments and vocalists are welcome.

Camp participants will receive a Jazz Camp for Girls handbook filled with interviews, practise tips and more.

When & where?

The camps will take place in Doncaster, Hull, Leeds and Trafford across Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March 2022. Each camp is slightly different, so please see below for more information from each location.

Contact

For general enquiries about Jazz camp for Girls contact Helena Summerfield – helena@jazznorth.org

Go to the Jazz Camp for Girls Facebook page here


Doncaster

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th March 2022

Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, The Northern Jazz Centre, Beckett Road, Doncaster DN2 4AA

As this is a rescheduled camp from 2020 it is going to be a full weekend of music making. Camp tutors include house music superstar Cat on Sax plus Mark Ellis, Sonia Mellor and Helena Summerfield.

Designed for musicians aged 9 to 15 years who have little or no experience of improvising. Students at Grade 3+ equivalent will get most from the experience.

This is a two-day course and attendance at both days is important.

Check out the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association website here.

Cost

The weekend (including all tuition) costs £30 per student. Discount available for siblings.

Contact

To find out more and book your place contact: info@jazznorth.org


Hull

Saturday 5th March 2022 10am – 4pm

Hull Music Service, The Albemarle Music Centre, 60 Ferensway, Hull HU2 8LN

Designed for musicians aged 11 to 15 years who have little or no experience of improvising. Students at Grade 3+ equivalent will get most from the experience.

Sign up to explore improvisation in a supportive environment with expert tuition from Hull’s fantastic team of professional musicians.

Cost

The course (including all tuition) is FREE to residents from Hull.

Contact

To find out more and book your place, go to: hullmusichub.com/jcfg


Leeds

Saturday 5th March 2022

Leeds Conservatoire, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD

This camp is aimed at girls aged approximately 9-15 years old who have little or no experience of improvising. Students at Grade 3 will get the most from the camp, but anyone from Grade 1 and above is welcome as classes will be banded within the camp based on ability.

The tutors are fantastic musicians Tori Freestone, Ella Hohnen-Ford, Fini Bearman and Caroline Boaden. To sign up for this amazing opportunity go to the website link below.

Cost

£30, FREE for students residing or studying in Leeds, £10 sibling discount on second student booking, bursaries available.

Contact

To find out more contact junior@lcm.ac.uk or visit www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/courses/jazzcampforgirls


Trafford

Sunday 6th March 2022 10am – 4pm

Trafford Music Service, The Claremont Centre, Claremont Road, Sale M33 7DZ

Designed for musicians aged 9 to 15 years who have little or no experience of improvising. Students from approximately Grade 1 standard and all instruments are welcome.

Sharing session for family and friends at 3.30pm.

Our camp tutors – Helen Pillinger, Simone Manunza and Helena Summerfield – all work at the music service and also play together in the Ain’t Misbehavin’ jazz band. They will be supported by some fantastic jazz ambassadors from the NYJO.

Cost

The course (including all tuition) costs £20 per participant. Sibling discount £15. Bursary places available on application. Please bring a packed lunch.

Contact

To find out more and book your place contact Helena Summerfield – helena@jazznorth.org


Jazz Camp for Girls first began in February 2019 with four one-day workshops in Rotherham, Greater Manchester, Lancaster and Huddersfield.

They were so successful that we made the camps bigger for 2020 and took them to more places across the north of England including Sage Gateshead and Penrith. The last camps in March 2020, were also due to take place in Blackpool and The Northern Jazz Centre in Doncaster. Due to Covid-19, they were delivered online by incredible musicians Lara Jones and Megan Roe – read how they pulled out all the stops to create a great day of inspiration here.

In March 2021, Jazz North’s Jazz Camp for Girls was delivered online with five partners. Fiona Ross from Women in Jazz Media tells us how it went here.

Addressing the gender imbalance in jazz, this initiative was inspired by the success of a similar project created and led by JazzDanmark.

2022’s Jazz Camp for Girls has been made possible by an award from Postcode Neighbourhood Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Previous camps were funded by Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and Golsoncott Foundation.

Download the Jazz Camp for Girls 2020 Evaluation Report compiled by Kirsty Rose Parker

She Wasn’t Bad for a Girl

An all-star band featuring female jazz musicians associated with Jazz North and the Jazz Camp for Girls project united to record song ‘She Wasn’t Bad for a Girl’ by saxophonist Helena Summerfield. Read how they got on here and watch the video below:

‘A place to share their voice and to be heard’

‘A place to share their voice and to be heard’

In March 2021, Jazz North’s Jazz Camp for Girls was delivered online with five partners. Fiona Ross from Women in Jazz Media tells us how it went.

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She Wasn’t Bad for a Girl – by Helena Summerfield

She Wasn’t Bad for a Girl – by Helena Summerfield

“As a young, female saxophonist I lost count of the number of times I was told whenever I played that ‘you’re good for a girl’ or ‘you don’t sound like a girl’.”

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Jazz Camp for Girls goes online

Jazz Camp for Girls goes online

The last of 2020’s Jazz Camps went online due to Covid. Find out how it went.

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