Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017

CLC is proud to be the strategic partner of Cheltenham Festivals supporting excellence and innovation in science and the arts. 

As part of our strategic partnership, College enabled many girls to attend key festival events including Laura Mvula, see behind the scenes at the BBC Radio 2 'Friday Night is Music Night', and experience the free stage and festival atmosphere, just behind College in Montpellier Gardens. SFC1 girls were also able to hear from Helen Thomas, Network Editor at BBC Radio 2, who spoke to them about her career in music.

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Forty members of the CLC community enjoyed drinks together before seeing an inspiring performance from US star Ben Folds, who later told the Festival of his passion for music education, commenting that it is "a big part of being a human and a big part of culture. You have to grow it and you have to grow kids that are educated in the arts, so that they can understand it and they can elevate society."

Other key events this year included Jack Savoretti, Will Young, Mica Paris and Gregory Porter.  

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2016

As part of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2016, we sponsored the sell-out Corinne Bailey Rae event. All members of the CLC community were invited and our tickets, which included a drinks reception in the VIP area beforehand, sold out quickly.

Around 100 girls attended festival events including Corinne Bailey Rae, Lianne Le Havas, Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman, and Beverley Knight. Three girls were able to go behind the scenes at the rehearsal of Friday Night is Music Night, including a discussion with leader of the Big Band, Guy Barker, the producer and several musicians.

"It was a lot of fun and I especially enjoyed the rehearsal … I got some invaluable information regarding careers in general. I would recommend it, especially for girls who are interested in pursuing a career in media, radio, television or music.” - Juliana Choi, SFC1

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(Photo by Robert Ascroft)


Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2015

On Friday 1st May, as part of the Jazz Festival, a group of girls went behind the scenes at the rehearsal for Friday Night is Music Night and took part in a question and answer session with industry insiders, including Guy Barker, leader of the Guy Barker Big Band.

Later that night another group attended the concert, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.

On Saturday 2nd May, Jamie Cullum visited College to speak to the girls about his career in music and inspire them with his performance.

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