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London Jazz Festival, 11-20 November

London Jazz Festival, 11-20 November

Londoner Nathaniel Facey - a saxophonist with award-winning quartet Empirical - is running a workshop for 11 to 16-year-olds at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 20 November.

Now in his late 20s, Mr Facey went to Sedgefield School in Lewisham, south-east London. He says music changed his life: "Music seemed like the sort of grand mission I always dreamed about being a part of . the opportunity to speak this other language connecting with other musicians. I got more excitement out of playing than anything else in school.

"I hope that my workshop session will encourage more young people to take an active interest in really listening to music, even if they don't decide to study it or play."

To find out more, visit www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk

What else?

To develop your pupils' interest in jazz, it's best to start with a solid introduction so they can understand the culture and history behind it. Try jb261's history of jazz PowerPoint, including samples of Miles Davis, to help them get started.

For more jazz resources, try Graham Hickey's jazz and improvisation booklet to demonstrate these styles and develop pupils' understanding at KS3.

Find all resources and links at www.tes.co.ukresources008.

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