Jazz for Schools 2017

Jazz It Up

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April
10.30am – 1.00pm
Free Stage
Secondary school bands
£25 booking fee per band

Many young jazz musicians cut their performing teeth at Jazz It Up. They remember it with great warmth, and it remains an annual highlight for the bands that secure a precious performance slot.

The Jazz It Up schedule for #cheltjazzfest 2017:

Saturday 29 April
10.30am Marling School
11.00am Cleeve School
11.30am The Cotswold School
12.00pm Cheltenham College

Sunday 30 April
10.30am Pittville School
11.00am Sir Thomas Rich’s School
11.30am St Peter’s RC High School
12.00pm Pate’s Grammar School

The Free Stage in Montpellier Gardens, home to both established and up-and-coming jazz ensembles from all over the UK, belongs entirely to young musicians from Gloucestershire secondary schools on weekend mornings. Jazz It Up draws a large and appreciative audience – not to mention the occasional jazz legend – who relish the chance to support local young talent (and perhaps spot a future star).

Jazz It Up continues to be a warm and friendly event which our students love. Having a Year 9 alto sax player ask me if I was nervous (I wasn’t, he was) before the event, then seeing the complete change after his first gig, was wonderful

Teacher, 2016

Jazz It Up 2017 is supported by


The LifeSkills programme aims to inspire millions of young people and equip them with the key skills to move forward into the 21st century work place. LifeSkills brings together educators, businesses, young people and parents to achieve this, as increasingly young people need to leave education not only with appropriate academic results but with the skills that we know businesses need now and in the future as technology reshapes our working world. www.barclayslifeskills.com

Concert for Schools – FULLY BOOKED

Our Jazz Concert for Schools 2017 is now fully booked.
Why not take a look at our Concert for Schools and Music Explorers (KS2) workshop at Cheltenham Music Festival in July, part of our Music for Schools 2017 programme.

Friday 28th April
11am – 12pm
PizzaExpress Live 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 sister concert at Cheltenham Music Festival, this event is designed to give children an exciting first experience of live jazz – for many it will be their first such experience. It is programmed specifically for Key Stage 2 pupils, and will feature performances from artists appearing at the Festival who have a passion for engaging and inspiring young audiences.

Here’s what some teachers said about the Concert for Schools at the Music Festival:

Very child-friendly concert, really engaged the children. Amazing experience for children who have never seen live music before.

Teacher, Heron Primary

The children got a huge amount out of this concert. Concerts are often expensive to attend and therefore many children will never have experienced this.

Teacher, Holy Trinity Primary

Behind the Scenes at Friday Night is Music Night

Friday 28th April
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 featuring a 70-piece Concert Orchestra, live vocalists and a compère with a script, in a temporary structure, for an audience of 1,350 – a show that is also broadcast live on the radio? How do you become the floor manager, the sound engineer, or one of the orchestra? Who coordinates the performers? And what actually goes on during the rehearsal for a live music broadcast?

This is your chance to go behind the scenes and find out.

This event has been devised specifically for young people who want to broaden their understanding of careers in the music industry, and how to get a foot on the ladder. Students will have the opportunity to interact with Anthony Cherry, producer of BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, as well as other key professionals involved in the show who 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.

The quality of the advice given during this session was outstanding. Pupils really learned about real life in the performing industry, and gained transferable skills

Teacher, 2016

Behind the Scenes at FNIMN 2017 Booking Form

Booking opens Monday 6th February 2017

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