About Music for Life Commissions

Twelve contemporary jazz composers were commissioned to write a piece for the 'Cheshire Youth Music For Life Big Band', a youth jazz orchestra for 12-18 year olds run by Music for Life, a not-for-profit organisation based in Cheshire.

The project was led by Musical Director, Jo McCallum and received funding from the Arts Council, England. Throughout the project, the band also received specialist tuition from professional mentors, Iain Dixon, Dennis Rollins and Mike Walker. (See some photos from our sectional rehearsal day with Iain, Dennis and Mike.)

The project toured the North West during July 2013 with Mike Walker as a guest artist, to great critical acclaim. Read reviews from our Manchester Jazz Festival gig here.

Read feedback from students and musicians involved in the project here.