Jazz Juniors is Northern Ireland’s first dedicated jazz improvisation scheme for under 18s, open to all instrumentalists and singers. Each September we select a small group of musicians from a nationwide talent search spearheaded by our summer Jazzlife Alliance Roadshow. In addition to monthly ensemble sessions led by David Lyttle at the MAC, Belfast, Jazz Juniors also receive individual mentorship, attend masterclasses by acclaimed musicians and perform concerts nationwide.
We are currently welcoming expressions of interest for our second ensemble which will begin training in September 2022. Please read the below frequently asked questions and get in touch.
1Do students need to have any experience in jazz to apply?
2Is there a minimum age?
3What level of performance is required in order to be a successful applicant?
4Is an advanced level of music theory required to be eligible?
5What instruments are you looking for?
6How long can a student remain in Jazz Juniors?
7What commitment is required from parents?
8Is there a fee for participation?
9How can I get involved?
10What kind of safeguarding does Jazzlife Alliance have in place?
Praise for Jazz Juniors
We also have enjoyed significant support from national media such as the Independent, RTE News and BBC News, as well as local support from the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life.
Ben and Nick look forward to their Jazz Juniors sessions at the Mac and the RV sessions. We have noticed that Ben and Nick have really grown in confidence in their musical abilities. They have been exposed to a greater variety of music and performance styles than they would have found anywhere else and developed a new-found passion for jazz.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is thrilled to support Jazz Juniors thanks to National Lottery players. This impressive initiative offers valuable opportunities for young musicians to learn from exceptional, professional jazz musicians as well as gain experience in performing to live audiences. I wish all involved every success.
…the first-ever junior improvisational jazz ensemble in Northern Ireland.
…a commendable scheme, and so necessary to help foster a viable local jazz scene