A Jazz Summer School based in the UK which has, since 1966, consistently delivered the highest quality jazz tuition one can find. It began in Barry in South Wales and has had several homes over the decades, including Porthcawl, The University of Glamorgan and Trinity College of Music, London. The course returned to South Wales in the summer of 2012 where it is hosted by The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. This college is a beautiful state of the art facility which has recently benefited from a £22.5m investment. It backs onto the picturesque Bute Park and is only a 10 minute walk from the lively Cardiff City Centre. Click here for a 360 degree virtual tour.
Course directors Dave Wickins and Buster Birch have had many years of experience running the Summer School, and during this time have assembled a world renowned team of tutors.
The course is open to all instrumentalists of all ages and levels of experience. We also welcome singers, who are specifically catered for by our vocal coach. We hope you find all the information you are looking for. Please take a moment to browse our Frequently Asked Questions page, and do not hesitate to get in touch should you require any further details.
Summer School Dates for 2015...
We shall be running a one week course in 2015 at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama from Sunday 26 July to Friday 31st July. Application are now available to download, please see the "Application Forms" page.
Other Events in 2015...
Easter Jazz Course
We are very pleased to announce that we shall be running a 3 day Easter Jazz Course from Monday 30 March to Wednesday 1 April at BYMT (www.bymt.co.uk), the nationally renowned music centre in South East London which has excellent facilities and teaching spaces. The course is open to all ages and abilities and all instruments. Its a perfect chance to brush up on your improvising and ensemble skills and there will be daily rehearsals, workshops and performances. Please see www.theeasterjazzcourse.com for full details and to download an application form.
Reunion Gig at The Vortex
We shall be promoting a jazz concert on Thursday 26 February at The Vortex Jazz Club (www.vortexjazz.co.uk) with a whole night of live music by our tutors (full line up to be announced). The idea is for it to be a kind of reunion/party night, a great chance for everyone to catch up and also hear some great music by the course tutors. Tickets are available via the vortex website or through the box office on 020 7254 4097. Tickets are not available directly from us. We are expecting it to be a busy night so please book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Past Summer Schools...
We think our course is the best of its kind, but don't take our word for it! Please take a moment to watch the video below showing some highlights from a recent summer school, at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, and hear what some of the participants had to say about it.
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