In 2019, we awarded our first ever Young Talent Award to 23-year-old Colin Hancock from Texas, USA. Colin was beyond excited to finally experience the magic of the Classic Jazz Party, and had a wonderful time sitting in with various bands.
Because the 2020 festival has been postponed, there will be TWO recipients in 2021.
The 2021 Young Talent Award is open to any musician aged between 18-23 who plays classic jazz. The winner will receive free entry to the jazz party, accommodation for the weekend, special access to the rehearsals and jam sessions and a cash bursary of £1,000.
The Young Talent Award was created in memory of the party’s founder, the late Mike Durham. Mike was always keen to inspire the next generation of jazz musicians and encourage them to play this wonderful music. We hope this award will continue that legacy.
To apply, please send a covering letter (up to one page) and a recording (video, audio or a link) showcasing your talent to:
Applications close on 30th June 2021. The winner will be selected by a panel made up from the Jazz Party’s creative committee.