The Jazzlines Ensembles provide young musicians from Birmingham and the surrounding areas with the opportunity to develop their ensemble playing skills and learn more about jazz and improvisation through regular workshops and masterclass sessions. The sessions are open to young musicians of all abilities, from beginners to advanced and are free to young musicians aged between 11 and 19 from Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

The Jazzlines Ensembles have the opportunity to:

  • Receive inspiring tuition from professional musicians
  • Improve improvisation skills and learn new tunes by ear
  • Attend fortnightly sessions and regular live performances
  • Attend guest masterclasses with leading international musicians
  • Socialise and create music with fellow young musicians

The members meet for regular workshop sessions at Symphony Hall, led by experienced jazz musicians and educators including Sara Colman and Percy Pursglove alongside a team of support musicians made up of students and recent graduates from Birmingham Conservatoire’s jazz degree course. They learn new tunes by ear, developing their ensemble playing and improvisation skills as well as an understanding of jazz harmony.

They have performed at the OxJamBrum Takeover Festival, as part of our popular Jazzlines Free Gigs programme in the foyer of Symphony Hall, at mac Birmingham, Music For Youth Festival, and on the Jazzlines stage at Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival.

How to Join

We always welcome new members and if you are interested in joining or would like more information, please get in touch via email to jazzlines@thsh.co.uk or by phoning 0121 644 5066.

The Jazzlines Ensemble programme is very kindly supported by The Leverhulme Trust.