- Age 13-19
- Annual Fee: £850 (international trips may incur an additional cost)
- Bursaries are available
- Recommended for intermediate to advanced players
- Audition required
Jambone is a jazz ensemble directed by renowned pianist and composer Paul Edis. They have performed at many events and venues alongside some of the top influential jazz musicians in the country.
Recently Jambone supported Ronnie Scott’s All Stars at Sage Gateshead, and Soweto Kinch at the Durham Jazz Festival, as well as headlining on Sage Gateshead’s stages and performing around the region.
Jambone comprises trumpet, trombone, saxophone and flute sections locked together by piano, guitar, bass and drums. The musical mission of the band is anything but conventional, aiming to provide a range of fresh repertoire and performance challenges for its members.
Jambone meet fortnightly, with the first term beginning with a residential weekend in September. There is usually a residential in February and performances throughout the spring and summer term.
Younger and less advanced students may be interested in our non auditioned jazz ensemble, Jazz Attack.
Application and Auditions
This year, due to the necessary closure of Sage Gateshead, our audition process will be managed remotely and auditions will be digital. If you have applied to a programme that requires an audition you will receive information and guidance from the YMP team by the end of April.
In Auditions candidates are asked to:
- Perform two contrasting pieces of their own choice
- Undertake a sightreading test on their instrument
- Improvise over a 12 bar blues, or similar progression
You can see a video on our standard process on our Ask Us Anything page.
We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in joining part of our Young Musicians Programme. You can email [email protected] or call 0191 443 5252.
Autumn, Spring & Summer 19/20 schedule
The schedules for 20/21 will appear online during April.
Our Young Musicians Programme is open to all children and young people, whatever their circumstances. We are keen to encourage applicants from the widest possible range of backgrounds and access a bursary where needed.