Young musicians from Fife invited to take part in virtual jazz music sessions

The orchestra has moved its sessions online during the current lockdown, and it wants to hear from young people aged between eight and 19 who would like to join.

As well as a warm-up session, there are new tunes to try and new ideas for solo practice. Youngsters can learn to make their own music, make new friends and enjoy the fun of improvisation.

Young people of any level, with any experience with any instrument can participate.

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The new term started on January 7 and virtual sessions take place every Thursday at 7pm for one hour, each costing £3.50.

Allan Hastie, Chairman, said: “Unfortunately, as we enter our 44th year, the Covid situation may well have spelled the death knell for the orchestra but for some lively reflection from Richard Michael, our Music Director, the committee and the inspiration of Nicola Benedetti and the Benedetti Foundation.

“We introduced Zoom as a way to continue weekly lessons on a Thursday from the comfort of the player’s home.

More young players want to join FYJO during its virtual music sessions every Thursday.

“Through this app, we have expanded our FYJO membership from just eight members last September to a full membership of at least forty and growing!”

Allan continued: “We want to encourage even more members as we have noticed that, as we are no longer bound by the constraints of traveling to our home practice room in Lochgelly, we can now go far beyond Fife and now have members in London, Aberdeen, Ireland and most recently a family joining us from Romania!

“As we continue our lessons with Zoom, we not only benefit from Richard and Pete (Petrie) as tutors, but we can now access Richard’s daughters, Hillary and Joanna, both qualified musicians and teachers in their own right. “

He added: “We hope that at the very least we can continue to provide an opportunity for music to be played and enjoyed by young people and, at best, produce forward-thinking musicians who can create even more music. for the future.”

The FYJO members produced a musical treat “Movin’ down the APR”, which they performed virtually. It is now featured on YouTube and the FYJO Facebook page.

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The FYJO members produced a musical treat “Movin’ down the APR”, which they performed virtually. It is now featured on YouTube and the FYJO Facebook page.

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