Jazz for Schools 2018

Concert for Schools – FULLY BOOKED

Friday 4th May
11am – 12pm
Cheltenham Jazz Arena
Years 3-6
£1 per pupil; free for accompanying adults

Introduce your pupils to the joy of jazz
Building on the success of our first Jazz concert last year, this event is designed to give children an exciting introduction to live jazz. This interactive concert is programmed specifically for Key Stage 2 pupils and will feature performances from both established and up-and-coming musicians who have a passion for engaging and inspiring young audiences.

What teachers and pupils said about the 2017 concert:

Child friendly; audience participation; interesting; informative; all the children absolutely loved it – they didn’t really know much about jazz before but can now discuss aspects with confidence.

Teacher, Calton Primary School

It was cool because there wasn’t one big song but different pieces of Jazz music. I found it better watching it in real life as I had not done that before. I liked the professional band and the musicians from Musicate working together.

Pupils, St Thomas More Primary School

Behind the Scenes at Friday Night is Music Night

Friday 4th May
1.45 – 2.45pm: Panel event
3.00 – 4.00pm: Access to rehearsal
Years 9 – 13
£25 per group booking

What is involved in producing a concert that integrates a 70-piece Concert Orchestra, numerous vocalists and a compère, in a temporary structure, for an audience of 1,350 – to be broadcast live on the radio? What is it like to be the floor manager? What does the sound engineer do? How do you get a place in the orchestra? Who coordinates the performers? And what actually goes on during the rehearsal for a live music broadcast?

For young people who want to broaden their understanding of careers in the music industry, and how to get a foot on the ladder, this is their chance to go behind the scenes and find out.

Anthony Cherry, producer of BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, as well as other key professionals involved in the show, will share their experiences of getting into and working in the music industry Students will then have exclusive access to show’s rehearsal in the Festival Big Top to see professionals in action.

What teachers and pupils said about this event in 2017:

Excellent insight into the work that goes into a production of that scale. Wonderful opportunity for our students to be exposed to music they don’t usually listen to.

Teacher, Gloucester Academy

It was very inspiring and informative to hear the panel talk about how they got to where they are now, and their advice about applying for jobs, interviews and different career options in the music industry – some of which I didn’t realise the importance of! The rehearsal was amazing! I enjoyed every minute of it.

Student, Cleeve Schooll

*Booking opens 29 January
*Please note that booking is limited to 15 student places per school in the first instance

Behind the Scenes at FNIMN 2018 Booking Form


Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May
10.30am – 1pm
£25 booking fee per band

For many school jazz bands Jazz It Up is an annual highlight, a unique opportunity to perform at the heart of the Jazz festival. If your school has a jazz band – newly formed, firmly established, or somewhere in between – why not encourage them to apply for a performance slot?

Home to both established and up-and-coming jazz ensembles from all over the UK, the Free Stage in Montpellier Garden, belongs entirely to young musicians from Gloucestershire secondary schools on weekend mornings. Jazz It Up draws a large, enthusiastic and appreciative audience – not to mention the occasional jazz legend – who love to show their support for young talent, so don’t miss this chances to impress.

What teachers and pupils said about Jazz It Up 2017:

It continues to be the highlight of our band’s year. Prestigious venue, great team, amazing experience all around – long may it continue!

Teacher, St Peter’s High School

I have sung at Jazz It Up for the past three years and have loved it. Unfortunately, this was my last year so I won’t be singing there again which is a shame. But the opportunity to be able to do this has been great and has greatly improved my confidence, so thank you!

Student, Cleeve Schooll

With thanks to all the supporters of our Jazz for Schools programme


To be added to the Jazz for Schools mailing list, please email your name, full school address and postcode to education@cheltenhamfestivals.com