• photo looking down from balcony at band on wall onto young musicians


A new partnership was developed in 2014 for a pilot youth project in Manchester with partners Brighter Sound, One Education, The Northern School of Jazz. The goal was to run a series of Manchester Youth Jazz collective workshops at Band on the Wall.

Activities ran over two Sunday afternoons and a three day Easter course for young instrumentalist and singers aged 8-18. Led by leading Jazz educators and workshop leaders supported by established players and teachers with the support of Jazz North and One Education Music.

Working in small groups, each made up of young musicians of a similar standard, the participants composed and devised arrangements and new music, learnt ensemble skills and ways to further their improvisation skills.

After a successful pilot the project continues into stage 2 starting summer 2014.