Creative Jazz Summer School

Course Details

Date Monday 31 July 2017
Time 10:00 AM
Venue Leeds College of Music
Duration Monday 31 July - Friday 4 August 2017; 10am - 5pm each day
Tutor Rob Mitchell & Kevin Holbrough
Fee £440.00
Age 16+

The Course

Immerse yourself in a week of playing and singing, under the guidance of expert tutors from our BA Jazz pathway. The week is packed full of tuition in repertoire, composition, vocabulary, theory, harmony and stage craft; alongside the development of your aural and performance skills. With a focus on creativity, the week will offer you the chance to explore a range of styles from blues, straight ahead jazz, Latin and modal jazz. As part of the course there is an informal studio session at the end of the week so you will have a recording to take away.

The course is designed for a range of musical interests and abilities. Previous participants have included established jazz learners looking for new ideas and approaches, players who have attended our Jazz Improvisation weekends, musicians and teachers with a good reading ability that are relatively new to jazz, and classical, pop and rock musicians keen to explore the jazz and blues side of their playing.


Robin Mitchell (BA, MMus, PGCE) is a saxophonist, composer, and educator. He teaches at Leeds College of Music and is a Senior Lecturer on the BA Music (Jazz) course, specialising in saxophone and composition. Rob has performed and toured with bands including Martha Reeves, Candi Staton, The Haggis Horns, Roy Wood, Tony Christie, The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, The Tommy Evans Orchestra, Alexander O’Neal, Jaki Graham, Dominic Miller, The BBC Big Band and Dennis Rollins. Rob recently formed a new group ‘The Abstract Orchestra’, a hip-hop big band that mixes jazz orchestration with hip-hop beats and MC’s. Rob is the composer/arranger and producer of the all-star band and it continues to see great success.

Kevin Holbrough is a highly respected UK trombonist. He is a freelance musician, brass educator, senior lecturer at Leeds College of Music and Michael Rath Artist. He has performed extensively with artistes such as Dennis Rollins, NYJO, Mark Bassey, John Dankworth. An active educator, Kevin is director of the Leeds Musicale, a brass tutor in the Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra, and has delivered jazz workshops for the British Trombone Society, performing alongside the Opera North Trombone Section. A versatile performer, he has performed with many well-known big bands such as the Andy Prior big band, and groups such as The Manchester Concert Orchestra.

"Kevin is one of a breed of new trombonists making waves on the jazz scene"
Dennis Rollins


We are pleased to be able to offer an accommodation package at Liberty Dock in Leeds City Centre for this Summer School for participants aged 16+.  Full details can be found on our Summer School Accommodation page (opens in a new tab).

If you would like to book accommodation, please ensure that you read the information on the accommodation page before completing the course booking form and payment.

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Current full-time LCoM students and staff receive 50% discount on all short courses. Please note that in all instances we will ask for proof of eligibility. To claim your discount, please contact the Short Courses team by telephone, stating the name of your chosen course.






"I felt completely at ease on this course, and tutors were very engaging, amicable and patient"

Course participant, August 2016

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