09 May 2013

NYMAZ Blues Weekend for Young Musicians


May 25 & 26, Old Courthouse, Thirsk

The talented Three Jazz ensemble from Leeds are returning to The Old Courthouse to lead the NYMAZ Blues Weekend, 25 and 26 May, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The weekend is a part of a series of workshops designed to give young musicians the opportunity to explore alternative music genres alongside professionals.

Over the course of two days, Three Jazz will take participants through the key features of blues music, helping them rework blues classics and finally composing an original blues tune. The weekend culminates in a show for parents and everyone will receive a CD recording of their performances.

Heidi Johnson, director of NYMAZ comments, ‘These fantastic weekends are all about exploring and experimenting with music alongside high calibre musicians. For a sample of what you can expect, have a listen to two of the tracks recorded at the previous session which focused on funk at www.nymaz.org.uk/listen.’

The Blues Weekend costs only £15 and is suitable for residents of North Yorkshire aged 11 to 18 who play wind, brass, keyboard or drums to Grade 5 standard (or equivalent) and above. Attendance is required on both days and booking is essential.  To book your place, visit the ‘For Kids’ page of www.ruralarts.org or call The Courthouse on 01845 526536.

The course has been organised in partnership with Pied Piper, a leading charity dedicated to youth music and participation, and is part of the NYMAZ Musical Inclusion programme for North Yorkshire. NYMAZ provides high quality music-making activities for young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity. NYMAZ is funded by Youth Music.

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