|Photo credit: Gildas Bocle, courtesy of www.tommy-smith.co.uk|
Rob Adams writes:
Saxophonist Tommy Smith is hosting a 5-day summer school for young jazz musicians at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow from July 24th to 28th.
The school aims to benefit musicians between the ages of 12 and 17 who are beginning to develop their skills in spontaneous composition and jazz improvisation and wish to take their playing to the next level.
A hugely experienced musician who has his own youth orchestra as well as directing the internationally acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and touring the world with Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen’s ECM recording trio, Smith heads the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s jazz course and will lead a team of internationally renowned educators, recording artists and performers in delivering the summer school programme.
“It’s an intensive programme designed to inspire young musicians,” says Smith. “The focus will be on group performance, while offering specific instrumental guidance on key elements of improvisation and performance, and we welcome all instruments.”
Participants will receive master classes on their chosen instruments, jazz theory classes, and recording experience and as well as the all-star tutors giving concerts, at the end of the week all the participants will take part in a public group performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The school runs from 10am to 5pm each day and the fee is £240. Prospective students should also inquire about the availability of bursaries.
LINK: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Summer School
Professor Tommy Smith's page at the RCS