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

Brighter Sound and Manchester Youth Jazz Foundation in partnership with Jazz North are looking for creative young musicians aged 11-18 to take part in a weekend course at Band on the Wall, which explores new and interesting ways into jazz composition and improvisation. This project is for anyone with an interest in developing their creative, musical and improvisation skills and in working as an ensemble to devise new and innovative music.

The weekend will be led by Jazz North Ambassador Artist Richard Ormrod, a noted multi-instrumentalist and improviser.The course will begin on the Saturday at 12.30pm, and will consist of a group masterclass led by Richard, followed by creative sessions with a team of experienced jazz tutors providing expert support, advice and guidance. At the end of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, there will be a short premier performance on stage at Band on the Wall.

Richard Ormrod arranges for, educates and conducts musicians of all ages and abilities, in both musicianship and improvisation at projects such as Dales Jam and the Jam Factory.


The weekend is aimed at aspiring young musicians with an interest in jazz and improvisation. If you want to talk to us about whether this means you, please contact Brighter Sounds.

Course dates
Sat 26 Sept, 12.30-3pm
Sun 27 Sept, 9.30am-5pm
Performance: Sun 27 Sept, 4pm, Band on the Wall.

How to apply
Complete the online registration form: MYJF-Autumn-2015.

The deadline for applications is Sun 13 Sept, 12pm.

Please note, applicants must be aged 11-18 and be available for the whole weekend to attend all sessions and performance. For further information and advice please contact Tim Chatterton at tim@nullbrightersound.com Brighter Sound, Picturehouse Buildings, Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ Tel: 0161 830 3972.

www.brightersound.com/event/manchester-youth-jazz-foundation-weekender-autumn-2015/