Generation Big Band and Friends

23 March 2023

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10 Week Project

Generation Big Band is a 10 week project bringing together young musicians, current conservatoire students, and alumni, directed by Mark Chandler. The project culminated in a performance at Leeds Conservatoire on 23 March 2023 

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Providing Opportunities

Mark Chandler describes the project's aims as, 'providing opportunities for musicians of all ages to work collaboratively and learn from each other.  Younger students are inspired by being able to work side by side with degree students and professionals. At the same time, the dedication and ability of the young musicians is outstanding.'  


Roundhay School Jazz Band

We were delighted to be joined by the Roundhay school jazz band for the first half. The band  were formed as  part of the inspirational. Jazz Leeds Education Project and have been coached by Dave Evans. They treated us to an exhilarating performance with a wide range of songs including jazz pop and a beautiful original song.   

Head of Leeds Junior Conservatoire, Karen Gourlay said,

What a fantastic performance, showcasing the excellent partnership work that is happening between the HE Jazz Department, Leeds Junior Conservatoire, Yorkshire Young Musicians, our partner schools and JazzLeeds. This evening celebrated the collaboration between musicians at different stages of their musical careers. A huge thank you to all the staff, alumni, students and young people who made this happen. 


Find out more:

If you would like to know more about opportunities for young people in music at Leeds Junior Conservatoire please contact us at We have a wide range of entry points from beginner through to advanced.  

For schools, please visit our Futures page for information to become a partner school.

Leeds Conservatoire Futures

Our partners on this project:

Leeds Conservatoire HE Jazz Department  |  Roundhay School 

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