National Youth Jazz Orchestra Workshops and Concert

January 2017 We are very excited to welcome back the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) for a series of workshops and a concert. They are one of the best Big Band Jazz groups in the country performing all over the world. Find out more. NYJO ambassadors, 5 musicians plus their […]

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Young Composers Project @ Birmingham Conservatoire

The Young Composers Project (YCP) is a scheme set up by Birmingham Conservatoire and composers Kirsty Devaney and Joe Cutler, to support young composers in the UK. They offer a number of free courses and workshops throughout the year where students work closely with Conservatoire student composers and instrumentalists and professional […]


New online chamber music course for teachers

Pro Corda, the UK’s leading chamber music organisation, is collaborating with London-based tech startup, MusicGurus, to create a series of four online video courses. The new material is aimed at teachers aiming to launch, or already running, chamber ensembles of any instrumentation and ability. The online video courses are suitable […]


Jess Gillam who is through to the semi final of BBC Young Musician of the Year.

November Feature Musician – Jess Gillam

November Feature Musician – Jess Gillam 18 year old saxophonist Jess Gillam from Ulverston began playing saxophone aged 7. In 2016, Jess made history as the first ever saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. She then reached the Grand Final and performed a […]


Heather Bird – September’s feature musician

For our September Musician we talked to Heather Bird. Brought up in Renwick, up in the Pennines, Heather was educated here and was in Carlisle and Cumbria youth orchestras for years.   What’s your job? Double bassist and director of Classical Evolution What instruments do you play? Double bass, flute and a bit of sax. How and when did you first become interested […]