Auditions open for Leeds College of Music Generation Big Band

By Kath Hartley |

Auditions open for Leeds College of Music Generation Big Band Now in its second year, the innovative program will bring together three generations of the Yorkshire jazz community, where LCoM alumni, current students and up and coming young musicians will perform together as a band.


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As part of the band formation, LCoM is seeking six talented young musicians from the age of 14 to 18. Auditions take place at Leeds College of Music on Saturday 16 September, between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.  

The selected musicians will join alumni who are working professionally in the music industry and current LCoM conservatoire students to form a jazz big band. Using cutting edge arrangements, the band will learn and perform together over the duration of a short course, which begins in October 2017.


The project will be led by LCoM Jazz Trumpet lecturer Mark Chandler, who is one of the UK’s top trumpet players. Having spent a successful career as a session musician and working with top artists such as Shirley Bassey, The Pogues, and Gladys Knight and the Pips, he is now in residency as a lecturer at LCoM.

Chandler says; “We are very excited to bring together three different generations of talent from the Yorkshire jazz community once again. This is a great opportunity for the personal and professional development of our current students and alumni, whilst also reaching out to exciting, up and coming young musicians. Through this three-tiered approach, we aim to showcase the best of the best within local jazz talent.”

Auditionees will be asked to play as part of a small ensemble along with a rhythm section of LCoM students.  Rhythm section auditionees will play as part of a rhythm section.  Music will be provided to read, including a chord progression to improvise over.

This year we also have scholarships available from Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation. For more information about the course and how to apply, visit  

By Kath Hartley

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