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Bristol Jazz Festival Workshops

Bristol Jazz Festival 2023

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An empty stage full of instruments moments before a performance.

Kick start your festival with our fun and interactive music workshops for all abilities on Saturday and Sunday morning.

Accessible workshops are a key part of every year’s Bristol Jazz Festival – providing a wide range of learning activities and events led by a selection of Bristol’s finest jazz musicians and educators

Presented by Bristol Jazz Festival

Age: All ages

Unless stated otherwise, our workshops are open to all abilities.


Saturday 20 May

Craig Crofton’s Jazz Ambassadors Workshop

11:00 – 12:15, Terrace Bar

Led by Craig Crofton, one of Bristol’s most preeminent jazz educators and players, this workshop offers budding young musicians the opportunity to join in and play with Bristol Beacon’s very own Jazz Ambassadors, an exciting, experimental and cross-genre ensemble for instrumentalists aged 14-18 years.

Best suited to young musicians starting at grade 2 level (classical or jazz).

Victoria Klewin Vocal Jazz Workshop

12:30 – 13:45, Terrace Bar

A masterclass on jazz vocals. In this workshop Victoria will focus on the fundamentals of jazz singing, covering tone, phrasing, interpretation, and practical tips for vocal improvisation. Joined by Guy Shotton on the piano, Victoria will be giving live demonstrations and coaching any willing volunteers.

Sunday 21 May

Finding our own musical voice
with Emma Holbrook and Ruth Hammond
11:00 – 12:15, Terrace Bar

In recent years we have seen the meteoric rise of artists such as Jacob Collier, Louis Cole, Esperanza Spalding. All very different musicians but ones who have sculpted their individual voices as multi-instrumentalists and impacted the musical landscape.

In this workshop, Emma Holbrook and Ruth Hammond will invite discussion and exploration on honing and developing our individual musical voices. Whether you play one instrument or twenty, we will explore in this workshop what it means to bring all of your musical attributes to the table with curiosity, playfulness and openness.

Holly Carter and Joe Wilkins Slide Guitar Workshop
12:30 – 13:45, Terrace Bar

Award-winning artist and multi-instrumentalist Holly Carter and guitarist Joe Wilkins (Elles Bailey, Sefrial, Mohawkestra) team up to offer a masterclass on slide guitar.

They will discuss and demonstrate some of the key aspects associated with slide guitar playing – notably pedal steel, lap steel and bottleneck slide – as well as the various techniques and tunings used.

Ticket information

All workshops are priced as follows

Full Price: £21.80

Concession: £17.44

With the exception of Craig Crofton’s Jazz Ambassadors

Tickets: £10.90

All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fee.

The venue


at Bristol Beacon

Our foyer space located within Bristol Beacon where we host events, performances and conferences.

Getting to the venue

Location: Bridgehouse is located within Bristol Beacon with entrances on Colston Street and Trenchard Street.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 50m away directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


The city centre bus stop is 250m from Bristol Beacon where most bus services stop.

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Bridgehouse has level access from street level with lifts to all levels. For unallocated seated performances, seats can easily be removed to accommodate wheelchairs.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the venue.

Hearing Facility

There is an induction loop at the box office. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting. There is no hearing loop facility for the foyer stage.

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