If you are a female musician aged 15-19, then as well as our regular sessions, you can join in sessions offered exclusively to members of our Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Collective.
The Collective focuses on developing girls and young women into strong, confident players and preparing them for careers as professional jazz musicians.
In 2011, we initiated separate development sessions for our female musicians – additional to our main programme – to specifically address the imbalance in the number of women achieving success in the music industry, particularly female instrumentalists. So our aim has been to create a supportive, creative environment in which girls and young women will not feel intimidated or discouraged by any perception of jazz as a uniquely masculine art form.
As a member of the Collective, you will benefit from opportunities to work in a small band setting, focusing on developing soloing skills, ensemble playing and band leading. The Collective is mentored by music leader and trumpeter, Sheila Maurice-Grey who is herself a graduate of the Tomorrow’s Warriors development programme.
We are immensely proud of our first alumna band of our Female Collective, Nérija who are now firmly on the path to a successful professional career, extending the trailblazing legacy of Tomorrow’s Warriors, especially for female jazz musicians.