A Jazz Summer School based in the UK which has, since 1966, consistently delivered the highest quality jazz tuition one can find. It began in Barry in South Wales and has had several homes over the decades, including Porthcawl, The University of Glamorgan and Trinity College of Music, London. The course returned to South Wales in the summer of 2012 where it is hosted by The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. This college is a beautiful state of the art facility which has recently benefited from a £22.5m investment. It backs onto the picturesque Bute Park and is only a 10 minute walk from the lively Cardiff City Centre. Click here for a 360 degree virtual tour.
Course directors Dave Wickins and Buster Birch have had many years of experience running the Summer School, and during this time have assembled a world renowned team of tutors.
The course is open to all instrumentalists of all ages and levels of experience. We also welcome singers, who are specifically catered for by our vocal coach. We hope you find all the information you are looking for. Please take a moment to browse our Frequently Asked Questions page, and do not hesitate to get in touch should you require any further details.
Please click HERE to see our Facebook page for photos and comments from recent events.
2019 Summer School Dates...
We shall be running a one week course in 2019 at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama from Sunday 28 July to Friday 2 August. Applications forms will be available for download from early September, please see the "Application Forms" page.
Under 18s Welcome!
Please see our "Under 18s Policy" page
Past Summer Schools
We think our course is the best of its kind, but don't take our word for it! Please take a moment to watch the video below showing some highlights from a recent summer school, at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, and hear what some of the participants had to say about it.
London Jazz News published an article about our summer school looking forward to our 50th anniversary in 2016, which includes some nice contributions from our tutors remembering earlier years. Please click HERE to jump to the article on the London Jazz News website.