Sherborne Summer School of Music
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Sherborne Summer School of Music 2020
This website describes the courses that were on offer in both 2020 and 2021 prior to the schools being cancelled.
This is to give you an idea of the range of courses, the expertise of our tutors and the standard of performance materials.
A JOURNEY THROUGH JAZZ
Mike Hall is a jazz saxophonist and educator. He began his musical career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra which led to a twenty year association with composer/pianist Michael Garrick with whom he toured Malaysia and made several CD recordings and national radio broadcasts. He has frequently freelanced with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Hallé Orchestras and now regularly plays with the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra. Career highlights have included a week at Ronnie Scott’s Club, concerts at the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia and Strasbourg with Andy Scott’s Group S and features in John Dankworth and Cleo Laine’s Christmas Show.
He has made a number of CD recordings including a duo recording with pianist Dan Whieldon, a commission by the Manchester Jazz Festival (The Felonious Monks, crossing jazz with renaissance music) and recently The Jazz Planets, a reworking of Holst’s masterpiece.
Mike headed Jazz Studies at the RNCM for 20 years. He now focusses on performing, writing and running various public jazz workshops throughout the UK and abroad.
A Journey Through Jazz will guide students through the essential features of the jazz idiom. Newcomers to jazz will find a sympathetic environment in which to take their first steps while more experienced students will be provided with challenging material and ideas to extend their existing improvisation skills.
The course is centred on the rehearsal and performance of a number of jazz arrangements with each piece introducing a different musical style and relevant approach to improvisation. Theoretical and historical elements are introduced as and whenappropriate. A course concert will take place towards the end of the week.
Participants should have a reasonable command of their instrument including a basic knowledge of major scales roughly equivalent to grades 4 - 5 classical or jazz, although no formal qualifications are required. It is stressed that no previous experience of improvisation is necessary and we particularly welcome musicians with classical skills wishing to explore jazz for the first time.