The Inaugural Hastings International Piano Festival has announced a partnership with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) to launch their 2020 educational offer.

In the lead up to the 2020 Piano Festival, Hastings Piano is hosting a series of workshops with NYJO Associates in three local secondary schools: Hastings Academy, Ark Alexandra and St Richards. This work has been made possible by the support of the Isabel Blackman Foundation.

Each school will receive 3 visits from a group of NYJO practitioners who will work with children of varied musical ability, developing young musicians’ skills and musical confidence. At the end of the project the children from all three schools will join together for a massed rehearsal ahead of a concert/sharing session for other students. These workshops will address the fundamentals of jazz performance practise such as: feel; ensemble skills; and improvisation. All young musicians will learn melodies by ear, explore harmonic possibilities and gain confidence improvising.

This partnership marks the launch of a range of Youth Engagement Opportunities that Hastings International Piano is offering alongside the inaugural Piano Festival. This includes free tickets to many of the festival concerts as well as various of workshops, school visits and talks from the international artists.

Find out about other HIPF workshops here.

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