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Summer Vocal Jazz Camp

for singers aged 14-18 (19 if taking a year out) who want to get right inside the music!

Be inspired. Be empowered. Be creative!


Residential Course’s Timetable: 

Friday 9th August 2024: Arrival 1pm. Sessions: 2-5pm & 7-9pm
Saturday 10th August 2024:  Sessions: 10am-1pm 2-5pm & 7-9pm
Sunday 11th August 2024:  Sessions: 10am-1pm & 2-4pm then 4pm performance @ Benenden’s Recital Hall


Application Process

As there are still places available on the Vocal Jazz Camp the application deadline is extended. You can book an online audition by contacting
Applications are now open for 14-18 year olds (19 if taking a gap year

LIVE PERFORMANCE: Candidates will then be asked to give a live performance accompanied by NYJC’s accompanist. 

LEAD SHEETS FOR THE ACCOMPANIST: All candidates will be expected to provide appropriate piano accompaniments or concert lead sheets for the accompanying jazz pianist
Lead sheet example
Guidance on how to write a leadsheet 

REPERTOIRE: In the audition candidates will be asked to perform three tunes comprising: 

  1. One of the following ballads: Either “Moonlight in Vermont” or “The Nearness of You” 
  2. One of the following medium tempo swing numbers: 
  • But Not For Me 
  • Pennies From Heaven 
  • Triste 
  • Beautiful Love 

 3. A piece of your own choice which can be unaccompanied. 

Feel free to practice the ballad and medium tempo swing numbers using the the backing tracks provided after the vocal repertoire list on NYJC’s website 

Applicants are not required to improvise (scat!) at their audition. They can if they want to – but paraphrasing the melody and communicating the lyric is sufficient at this stage. We’re really keen to work with all enthusiastic vocalists who are looking to broaden their skillset and take their singing to the next level.


The Vocal Jazz Camp registration fee is £330*.

*Financial Help

We don’t want anyone to miss out because they cannot afford the fees. So NYJC offers means-tested bursaries for those needing financial help which can include covering the enrolment fee and transport costs to the course.

Find out about the Vocal Jazz Camp, and what the 2023 cohort had to say, in our brand new promo videos for 2024!

“This project offers a unique opportunity for young jazz vocalists, who don’t get the same level of ensemble opportunity as their instrumental peers in regional big bands” NYJC’s Executive Artistic Director, Issie Barratt

“There’s something essential about this music!” Vocal Project Musical Director, Pete Churchill

See NYJC’s inaugural summer Vocal Jazz Camp 2022 to get the flavour of what we do!

See the full 2023 Vocal Jazz Camp concert!

Who’s Involved?

Musical Director

Pete Churchill

The inspirational award winning Pete Churchill (London Vocal Project, Pete Churchill trio, Avalon Trio, West End MD of 5 guys named Moe, MD for Mark Murphy, Conductor of Kenny Wheeler Big Band, Professor of Jazz Composition @ Royal Academy of Music, Jazz singing @ Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles & Kodaly Summer School @ University of Queensland, Brisbane; Parliamentary Jazz Award for Education 2007)


The National Youth Jazz Collective helps young, aspiring Jazz talents to develop their skills, passion and experience as musicians. We offer and support music education to increase the ability of young musicians to play by ear in small groups, to learn, improvise, compose, arrange and lead bands.

Skills Covered

Through singing in an ensemble we will address some essential skills needed for solo singing: Phrasing, paraphrasing, intonation, articulation and groove.

Other skills covered will be:

  • Learning by ear
  • Developing a good memory for music and lyrics.
  • Developing an understanding of form
  • Rhythmic security in an improvising environment.
  • Improvisation and understanding of jazz harmony and modes.

Hear Pete Churchill’s inspiring work with the London Vocal Project (formed in 2008):

The Location

Benenden School in Kent

Benenden School is an independent boarding school for girls in Kent, England. It is located in Hemsted Park at Benenden in the Kent countryside, between Cranbrook and Tenterden.

Benenden opened a brand new School Hall and state-of-the-art Music School in 2022. Designed by the multi award-winning Guy Hollaway Architects, the new School Hall will offer state-of-the-art acoustics and will give audiences a truly amazing performance experience.

The Music School also features a smaller Recital Hall, with capacity for an audience of around 150 people, offering a performance space in a more intimate environment, perfect for rehearsals and smaller performances such as the nightly jam sessions and tutors concert. The Music School has more than 20 practice rooms and classrooms, as well as a smaller performance room, IT suite and recording and performance booths.