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Jazz for Schools 2020

Behind the Scenes at Friday Night is Music Night

Thursday 7 May
1.30 – 2.45pm: Panel event
3.00 – 4.00pm: Open rehearsal
Years 9 – 13 (schools) and undergraduates
£1/student; free for accompanying staff

Please note that booking is limited to 20 student places per group in the first instance

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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 2,000 – to be broadcast live on the radio? What is a floor manager responsible for? What does the sound engineer do? How is the rehearsal process managed? Who coordinates everyone? What actually goes on behind the scenes?

For young people who want to broaden their understanding of careers in the music industry, this is their chance to go behind the scenes and find out. Key professionals involved in BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night will share their experiences of getting into and working in the music industry. Students will then have exclusive access to the show’s rehearsal in the Festival Big Top to see the professionals in action.

What they said about this event in 2019

It is such a valuable experience. I have received numerous comments from students since about how much they enjoyed the event.

Lecturer, University of Gloucestershire


Jazz It Up

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May
10.30am – 1pm
£25 booking fee per band

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For many secondary school jazz bands Jazz It Up is an annual highlight, a unique opportunity to perform at the heart of the Jazz Festival in Montpellier Gardens. 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?

The Free Stage 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 chance to impress.

What they said about Jazz It Up 2019

Great venue, good equipment, huge crowd etc. Thank you once again for an excellent experience – it’s everybody’s annual musical highlight!

Teacher, St Peter’s High School

Concert for Schools

Thursday 7 May
11am – 12pm
Cheltenham Jazz Arena
Recommended for years 3-6
£1/pupil; free for accompanying adults

Please note that booking is limited to 60 pupil places per school in the first instance.

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Introduce your pupils to the joy of jazz
Now firmly established in the Jazz Festival programme, this hotly anticipated event is an exciting and interactive introduction to live jazz. Presented by Musicate musicians, the concert will also feature Festival artists who have a passion for engaging and inspiring young audiences.

What they said about the 2019 concert

Fantastic, the children loved it and were dancing in the aisles at the end!

Teacher, Coberley Primary School