Friday | Festival Fringe

There's lots to see and do in our Festival Fringe!

Advanced booking required - Deadline: Tuesday 10 May.

  • WORKSHOPS - Browse the range of workshops available each day, led by professional musicians and leading arts organisations - there is something for everyone!
  • SATELLITE STAGES - Register to perform! - If you performed in our Regional Festival Series earlier this year, you could perform on one of our satellite stages across the city, including the Festival Tent.


Jazz Masterclass with Jamil Sheriff, Dave Walsh and Students from Leeds College of Music

  • Friday 8 July
  • Morning & Afternoon Sessions
  • Level 5 Foyer
    Symphony Hall
  • Led by: Jamil Sheriff & Dave Walsh.
  • Masterclass suitable for instrumentalists and vocalists Grade 5 and above. Open to audience of any ability.
  • Max Capacity: TBC
  • Register Now »

Gain an insight into improvisation within a jazz framework with Leeds College of Music’s Jamil Sheriff and Dave Walsh.

Described by The Guardian as ‘someone who has made a real difference to the vitality of the jazz scene in the North of England’, Jamil Sheriff is the Curriculum Leader for Jazz at Leeds College of Music and has received national and international accolades for his recorded work. Jazz drummer Dave Walsh has similarly made a name for himself on the jazz scene having featured on over 60 albums, completed four tours of Europe and played in international music festivals.

Session 1: 10:15 – 11:15

Session 2: 16:00 - 17:00

Delivered in partnership with:
Leeds College of Music

Wind and Brass Workshop with The Big Shake-Up

  • Friday 8 July
  • Morning & Afternoon Sessions
  • Level 5a Foyer
    Symphony Hall
  • Led by: The Big Shake-Up
  • Suitable for wind and brass players of any ability
  • Max Capacity: TBC
  • Register Now »

Four members of The Big Shake-Up (formerly Bad Ass Brass) put wind and brass players through their paces in a workshop rehearsal which gets them improvising in 10 minutes, and gives players from different bands a fun opportunity to make music together, whilst honing their ensemble and listening skills.

The Big Shake-Up takes its influences from the four corners of the globe resulting in a unique fusion of styles. Each member brings their own style to the band but with a collective focus on creating incredible original music performed to the highest standard. The band is comprised of some of the finest brass players and jazz musicians working in London today.

Session 1: 11:30 - 13:00

Session 2: 14:30 - 16:00

Collaborative Jazz Workshop with Soweto Kinch

  • Friday 8 July
  • 13.00 - 14.30
  • Festival Tent
    Centenary Square
  • Led by: Soweto Kinch
  • Suitable for instrumentalists of any ability
  • Max Capacity: TBC
  • Register Now »

Soweto Kinch, renowned jazz and hip hop artist, will work with young brass, wind and jazz musicians in a collaborative workshop which draws on a wide range of influences including and beyond the jazz idiom, reflecting Soweto's own versatility. Open to any young musicians who want to collaborate with other festival goers.

Birmingham based Soweto Kinch is primarily known as a jazz musician but is also a hip hop artist, presenter, curator and producer.

Register For Your Satellite Stage Performance!

Whether or not you are performing on a main stage, all groups who took part in the MFY Regional Festival Series 2016, can register their interest to perform on one of the following Satellite Stages.

  1. Festival Tent, Centenary Square: Tuesday - Saturday
  2. Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer:Tuesday - Saturday
  3. Brindleyplace Bandstand:Tuesday - Thursday
  4. Caffé Nero (Brindleyplace): Wednesday - Saturday
  5. The Rep Theatre Foyer: Wednesday - Friday
  6. Register now » More info about the stages »

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