“Well, I used to play, but then the children came along and work took up more of my time, and…” If, like me, you are of a certain age and have musically inclined friends you will have heard words like these more than a few times.
While there are loads of projects focussed on encouraging young people to take up an instrument, those who did just that when they were kids and then let it lapse as the pressures of adult life took hold get little encouragement to get that dusty instrument out of the closet.
Which is why I’m really encouraged by the JazzFM/Yamaha Replay Project. The radio station and the instrument maker have linked up with the Love Supreme festival for the second year to form a band of hitherto lapsed or amateur musicians. This is an extract from the press release:
Following the outstanding success of last year’s highly acclaimed Replay Project, Yamaha and Jazz FM have once again teamed up to provide a unique and life changing opportunity for lapsed players to go centre stage at one of the UK’s most popular jazz music festivals, Love Supreme Festival. Becoming members of the Yamaha Jazz FM Replay Project big band, members will be rubbing musical shoulders with Grace Jones, Burt Bacharach, Lianne La Havas and The Stanley Clarke Band (amongst others), and of course 20,000 jazz fans.
The organisers are seeking adult amateurs who play saxophone, trumpet or trombone. Those chosen to be part of the band will be professionally coached by Pete Long, Director of the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band. Rehearsals will take place in a central London location in May and June before the Festival takes place on 1-3 July 2016.
The brilliance of the 2015 Replay Project big band has inspired some high profile supporters to become patrons including musicians Jamie Cullum, Jools Holland and Julian Joseph along with comedian, TV presenter and a lapsed musician himself, Alexander Armstrong.
Jamie Cullum commented: “I am really happy to support the Jazz FM Yamaha Replay Project. Music has always been and still is a passionate hobby for me. If making music is your hobby the Replay Project allows you to discover and rediscover the joys of being in a band. So, lapsed musicians, pick up your instruments, get playing.”
Want to take part? To be considered for the Replay Project all you need to do is download the sheet music for one of the two audition pieces, record yourself on video (your phone will do), upload it to YouTube and fill in a form.
- All you need is here.