20 Sep 2018

Richmond Jam in the Spotlight!

Richmond Jam was established in 2009 by Chris Powls of the Richmond Jazz Festival and has been a long standing NYMAZ project for the last five years.
This dynamic project offers young people aged 11 – 19 years old the opportunity to take part in creative music workshops developing their improvisation, composition and performance techniques.

Delivered by NYMAZ partners BlueBoxt Productions, Richmond Jam has been working with some talented young musicians in developing their skills in the field of jazz! Mentored by Colin Bailey, James Mainwaring and Mick Yare, the group have had the chance to perform in a variety of settings this year. Recent performances include ‘Music in the Courtyard’, which was a dinner concert for the award-winning Berry’s Farmshop, along with a performance slot at the 2018 Cheese Festival in Hawes where they offered a range of solo and ensemble performances.

This talented ensemble of young, improvising musicians from Richmond and the Dales provided another feast of original music and jazz standards at their annual concert.


‘Having the opportunity to try new things, by just being allowed to give it a go has meant I can go at my own speed, and I found I really liked it.’

Richmond Jam participant 2018

NYMAZ Coordinator Grace McNeill attended the annual concert last Friday at the gorgeous Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond.

‘It was a delight to see these four young people take to the stage and make it their own, alongside the support and guidance of their project leader Colin Bailey.’

The group performed a range of numbers including some jazz standards and the Nina Simone classic ‘Feeling Good’ by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. These high-profile songs and pieces didn’t phase the young performers who have clearly developed their confidence and on-stage persona brilliantly at Richmond Jam.

It was an evening of true celebration as they took to the stage to perform to family, friends and their audience, with project leader Colin acknowledging each group member’s achievements throughout the year.

‘I have gone from being so nervous I would cry at the thought of singing to performing on a stage. It feels great!’

Project Participant 2018


If you want to be part of this brilliant performance group, or even just give it a go and see where it will take you, visit the BlueBoxt productions website for more information on their next rehearsal dates. Maybe next year you will be up on stage too!

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