Issie Barratt’s Interchange: Open Rehearsal @ Howard Assembly Room, Sunday 5th June 1pm

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Pushing at the boundaries and blurring all the edges

Ahead of their concert for Leeds Jazz Festival (Sun 5 Jun, 4pm), here’s a chance to sit in on a rehearsal with Issie Barratt’s all-star Interchange ensemble as they play through brand new works by emerging female composers for the very first time.

This event is free! But please book ahead here:

As part of their mission to champion and mentor the nation’s most innovative women composers and improvisers, Issie and her band are offering a unique, free professional development initiative for female composers who want to gain more experience in writing for large ensembles: Beyond the Secret.

Works by 10 female composers selected from an open call and mentored and supported in writing works for the ensemble will get their first ever airing, with four of the pieces being chosen for performance at the afternoon concert.

Have your work performed by INTERCHANGE!

Applicants are invited to submit examples of previous compositions and details of their experience so far, so that INTERCHANGE can familiarise themselves with the composer’s current style and approach to composition, before the closing date of Monday 4 April. No experience of writing for improvising musicians is necessary – all styles and genres are welcome. The more the merrier!

Between 6 April and 26th May, 10 successful applicants will have the opportunity to write 1-3 minute pieces for the ensemble, mentored and supported by Issie and other composers from INTERCHANGE via Zoom tutorials and email correspondence.

INTERCHANGE will play the 10 works in an open rehearsal workshop in the Howard Assembly Room from 1pm-2.30pm on the day of the gig. Four pieces will then be selected for performance as part of Interchange’s live set from 4pm.

There are no age restrictions on this opportunity.

Imogen Churchill (voice)
Becca Toft (trumpet)
Helena Kay (alto sax)
Alyson Cawley (tenor sax)
Rosie Turton (trombone)
Issie Barratt (baritone sax)
Shirley Smart (cello)
Zoe Rahman (piano)
Charlie Pyne (bass)
Caroline Boaden (drums)

Sunday 5th June Interchange at 1pm Howard Assembly Room

This 1pm open rehearsal is free to attend, just come along! For the main concert at 4pm, please see this separate webpage:

A joint presentation between JazzLeeds and Howard Assembly Room