For the first time in the festival’s history the Glasgow Jazz Festival’s Community and Education Fund has been set up to accept donations from friends of the festival who feel as strongly as we do about making jazz inclusive to everyone. One of the festival’s main objectives is to create an event that is accessible to all whether that is in its pricing, its diverse audience inclusion or its clear process and information availability.
The Glasgow Jazz Festival’s Community and Education Fund is a fantastic initiative that incorporates community and education concerts and workshops that educate people of all ages in jazz music, allowing them to try out instruments they might otherwise never play and watch concerts they might otherwise never see.
The festival’s Community and Education tour and workshops took place in February this year in collaboration with Glasgow Life when ‘Come and Try’ sessions with members of Brass Jaw and River City’s Carmen Pieraccini entertained pupils from Knightswood Primary School, St Michaels and Quarry Brae Primary Schools from the East End of the city and St. Bartholomew Primary School in Castlemilk.
Sara Adam, Head teacher at Quarry Brae Primary School, said: “Today has been a fantastic experience for the pupils – it’s really lovely to watch them experience a whole new genre of music and really enjoy themselves while they’re at it. To see professionals at their craft has been a fantastically rich learning experience for the children.”
Furiz, a 10 year old pupil from Quarry Brae Primary School, summed today up in just one simple phrase… “this is awesome!”
Throughout the week there were also evening concerts for the local community by Byres Road Big Band with members from Brass Jaw and special guest Carmen Pieraccini.
Carmen Pieraccini, said: “It’s been lovely to see all of the kids taking part have such a fantastic time. The tour is a great way to bring jazz to kids from all different backgrounds right across the city!”
Paul Towndrow, saxophonist in Brass Jaw, said: “Bringing music to the heart of the community has always been an important part of our ethos as a band so it’s been a fantastic experience to join forces with Glasgow Jazz Festival and Glasgow Life for this community tour. It’s been lovely to see people of all ages enjoying Jazz when they might not have had the opportunity otherwise.”
The festival’s Community and Education Fund is a new strand to their fundraising with customers who buy through Ticketmaster being asked if they would like to donate £1 towards it while buying their ticket, with 100% of all proceeds going to the fund. There is also a donate button below if you would like to make a donation to this very worthwhile cause.