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5610415 Jazz Week

Tutors: Josh Kemp, James Arben

Location: Uppingham School

This advanced music course gives older/more advanced students the chance to experience playing in a jazz Big Band.

What does the course offer?

Led by Musical Directors Josh Kemp and James Arben, supported by jazz professionals, soloists and music educationalists, the emphasis is on challenging young musicians to think creatively, improvising and working with like-minded youngsters to produce the tight ensemble required within Big Band jazz. Students do not need previous jazz experience, but should be grade 5 standard or above to get the most out of the course. In work such as improvisation and jazz combos, each individual musician will be assessed and placed in appropriate groups depending on experience, and even tentative improvisers will find confidence in the work undertaken. The ensemble work is based upon building a repertoire for performance, understanding jazz style, extending sight-reading skills and understanding jazz charts and chord books.

The Jazz Band will perform in front of an audience at a series of lunchtime concerts and evening gigs. The course runs parallel to Young Musicians’ Week, with students also performing in the final end of course concert and Hog Roast reception on Friday evening.

The daily programme

Morning rehearsals will concentrate on building a repertoire set, working as a whole band and also in sectionals with instrumental coaches. This will give a chance for the band’s sound to blend together and for players to become stylistically aware. Early afternoon sessions will work on smaller jazz combos and the art of improvisation in a series of workshops and masterclasses. In late afternoon, students will join up with Young Musicians Week for full orchestra or sax ensembles.

It is a demanding and exciting programme - but there is time to relax as well. Our experienced pastoral team will offer activities that will enable students to mix with friends on Young Musicians' Week, but will also tailor a social programme specific to older students.

We hope to match up students with the right parts within the band so each player is challenged yet inspired. If you are in doubt about whether you are the right standard or experience for the course, do get in touch with us and we can advise. Rehearsals will be rewarding, challenging and enhanced by coaches who, like our students, enjoy making music during the holidays. Our jazz professionals will be willing to give students sound advice on working successfully at jazz repertoire.

Minimum Requirements

All participants must be at Grade 5 or above in their chosen instrument and play one of the following instruments:-


Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Double Bass or Bass Guitar


Course notes...

Course Specific Items to Bring to Uppingham

Please ensure that clothing, instruments, cases, music stand, and all other belongings are CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE STUDENT'S NAME

  • Instrument (with protective case if applicable)
  • Music stand
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Concert Dress: Boys - white shirt, dark tie or school tie, black trousers, black socks and black or dark shoes
  • Concert Dress: Grils -white blouse, black trousers or skirt, black or dark shoes
  • Clothing - daytime clothing should be comfortable and casual
  • Non-residential students should bring a packed lunch each day. 

  • Non-residential Students
8.45am - 9.00am daily- venue to be advised. Collection will be at 5.00pm in the same place on Monday and Tuesday, and after the 5.00pm concert on other days. Map
  • Residential Students

Between 4.00pm - 6.00pm on Sunday afternoon with supper served at 6.30pm. Students should register at their boarding house on arrival - girls in New House and boys in West Bank. Map

Residential Information Sheet

Please notify us of any special dietary requirements using the Parental Consent Form.


    • There will be a 'Jazz Jam' in the Williams Studio at 7.00pm on Wednesday evening, and a jazz concert in Uppingham Parish Church at 1.20pm on Thursday lunchtime. Parents and friends are welcome to come along to these concerts, each of which will last about an hour.
    • End of Course Concert on Friday starting at 5.00pm (concert dress required for this as above).  This will last for just under 2 hours and Jazz Big Band participants will also play during the post-concert hog roast.

    Hog Roast

    • Friends and relatives are invited to stay for a Hog Roast which takes place immediately after the Friday concert. Please note that tickets for this must be ordered by Monday 16 July. Residential students will automatically be allocated a complimentary ticket.  Hog Roast Order Form 

    Jazz Week
    Course No. 5610415
    Price From £370.00
    Course Date Mon-Fri
    23 - 27 Jul 2018
    Course Time 09:00 - 17:00
    Status: Course Full
    Age 13 - 18 course
    Residential Options

    Hog Roast 2018

    Friends and relatives are invited to stay for a Hog Roast which takes place immediately after the Friday concert. Please note that tickets for this must be ordered in advance. Tickets should be purchased for any non-residential students and family and friends who wish to attend. Residential students will automatically be allocated a ticket for this which is free of charge.


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