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Taking ensembles to the next level

Jazz and Improvisation Group workshops

For larger groups of mixed instruments, Harry is joined by the remarkable Simon Bates. Simon is Professor of saxophone for the Royal Marines and counts names such as Jamie Cullum, Kylie Minogue and John Etheridge on his CV. Together Harry and Simon are hugely experienced ensemble players in almost every style, and they run this two hour workshop covering all aspects of group playing and solo building, followed by an evening concert where they perform their amazing two-handed multi-instrument cabaret and end with a performance accompanying the students.

“I would highly recommend Harry and Simon to any education establishment that wishes to inspire and enthuse their pupils”
Paul Christmas, Head of Jazz at the London Community Music Service

Mixed Instrument Workshops

If your establishment has jazz or rock groups of a high standard, for the ultimate workshop experience we add Dave Swift, Jools Holland’s well-known bassist, and Mike Osborne, with a CV from Natalie Cole to Freddy Mercury as well as percussionist for the RPO to Harry, Simon Bates on saxophone and Dave Ital, guitarist of choice for Nile Rogers, Chaka Khan and M People. These fantastic professionals will spend a day with up to four different ensembles giving young players a unique opportunity to learn from and perform with some of Britain’s finest professional musicians. Once again we add an evening performance where the band will play a first set and join the ensembles for the second half.

Thank you for your breathtaking contribution to what was a simply unforgettable evening. When we were planning the concert John (Wilson) told us about who was going to be there and said that the evening as he wanted it to happen would not have been complete without you. I now understand exactly what he meant.

Bryan Fox, Hon Sec – Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester