Richmond Jazz Festival


October 24th 2015

  • Posted On: 8 October 2015
  • Author: Chris Powls
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If you have a child aged 8-13 who plays an instrument or sings, please tell them about these workshops. Blind and visually impaired children and beginners are welcome.

The broad aim of the workshops is to help young musicians to begin to gain the knowledge, skills, experience and confidence to create their own music. Although written music will be available for use, the main focus will be on creating music through improvisation - ‘playing by ear’. Although, experience of ‘playing by ear’ is not necessary.

The emphasis will be on enjoying the process of making music with the idea that ‘there are no wrong notes’! An initial ‘warm up’ using the voice and clapping will be followed by a short performance by Paul and his colleague, Vasilis. The group will then split into two groups to work on the same tunes that will later be performed together.

By the end of the workshop, everyone will have had a go at improvising and will go away with some ideas about how to approach creating their own music through ‘playing by ear’. They will also take the experience of individual creativity and empowerment with them, through creating and playing music that has not been prescribed or written on paper, whilst also having the opportunity to meet like-minded people and hopefully, new friends.

The workshops will take place at:

The Old School House (TOSH), Richmond Road, Leyburn, DL8 5DL from 10am-1pm

The Youth Centre, Richmond School Campus, Darlington Road, Richmond, DL10 7BQ from 2pm-5pm

    To register a place, please email stating:

  • your name
  • your landline/mobile number
  • your choice of workshop
  • the name and age of your child/children
  • the name(s) of instrument(s) they play /or singer
  • name of school attended
  • name of music teacher

(Parents of blind and visually impaired children would need to be present throughout the workshop)


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