Workshops

If you’re a musician, or a student, or just interested in how jazz works, you’re very welcome to come to our Wednesday workshops before our main gig at the Pavilion.

Tutored by the UK’s top jazz musicians, the workshops are open to both students and more experienced players (reasonable technical competence on your instrument is required), as well as spectators, and are an ideal opportunity to learn and  develop jazz improvisational skills from some of the most experienced and highly regarded players in the country.

The sessions start at 5.30pm. until 7pm, at the Guildford and Godalming Rugby Club and the booking fee is £10 for participants.

Previous tutors have included:

GARETH LOCKRANE (Director, Junior Jazz Course, Royal Academy)
MALCOLM EDMONSTONE (Royal Academy, Guildhall, Trinity)
MARK LOCKHEART (Trinity, Royal Academy, National Youth Jazz Collective)
STEVE WATERMAN (Trinity, Royal Northern and Royal Welsh)
MORNINGTON LOCKETT ( Royal College, Trinity, Leeds, Royal Northern)
DAVE O’HIGGINS (LCCM, Goldsmiths. Birmingham)
plus MARTIN SHAW , ALAN BARNES, IAIN BALLAMY, SIMON ALLEN…..

Wednesday May 9th IAIN BALLAMY MASTERCLASS

Iain Ballamy

Listed in the BBC’s publication ‘100 Jazz Greats’ between Count Basie and Chet Baker, Ballamy’s work is contemporary with both strong jazz and classical references and yet un-encumbered by formality and tradition.

Over three decades spent transcending musical genres and stereotypes and by forging strong and ongoing relationships with musicians around the globe, Ballamy has worked with many cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary Jazz scene.

He was presented with the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2001 and in 2007 was the first Jazz musician to receive the prestigious Paul Hamlyn composer’s award.

Iain has appeared in clubs worldwide and at most important Jazz festivals including Berlin, North Sea, Saarfelden, Montreux, Montreal, Vancouver, and Florence etc, and has appeared on 70 CD releases as both a leader and sideman.

Highlights of a career spanning over 30 years include playing with Loose Tubes, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, Kenny Werner, Gil Evans, George Coleman, The Karnataka College of Percussion, John Taylor, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin, The Britten Sinfonia, Gay Dad, Everything but the Girl, Guy Chambers, Mike Gibbs, Carla Bley, John Dankworth etc.

In demand as an educator, Ballamy is a visiting professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Leeds College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music who made him and Hon ARAM in 2014.

MASTERCLASS DETAILS 

Wednesday 9th May 5.30pm to 7pm

The workshop is open to intermediate to advanced horn players; observers also very welcome.

Booking fee £12 (students £8)

The masterclass will be followed by the gig with Iain and his trio at the Pavilion, starting at 8pm, to which workshop participants are warmly invited (click here for more details about the gig)

Tickets for the workshop and gig combined are £22 (£15 students)

Please email: info@guildford.org.uk for more information, or to book a place on the workshop as a participant or observer.

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