Paul James's Big Band Workshop - all ages, all abilities, any instrument. 

Paul has been teaching people of all ages and abilities, in different countries, to play and arrange dance music in ensembles for many years

Using attractive folk dance tunes as a starting point, Paul’s Big Band Workshop is about working together as a team to make a mighty big band noise that is more than the sum of its parts. Suitable for all ages, all abilities, any instrument. No prior knowledge of folk music necessary. The aim is to create imaginative arrangements - using harmonies and riffs, textures and dynamics - that are interesting and fun to play, dance and listen to. Participants need to be of a standard where they can play a simple folk tune through at the right tempo, either by ear or by reading music. 

" I establish aims and ground rules and get them playing and as the day progresses they gain the confidence to develop arrangement ideas and negotiate them with everyone else in the group. It's as much about team work and group dynamics as it is about active listening and ensemble playing skills. I've never failed to be surprised by what each workshop group comes up with. It's always completely unique to that time, place and group of people - which is what music is all about."

European Music Weekend at Halsway Manor 2019 Easter 2019.

Tutors, Anne Niepold, Merit Zloch, Paul James.Organised by Paul James.

Social media comments about the course

Great tutors. Great music making. Great organisation all round. Thank you all. 

Outstanding weekend and inspiring work from the tutors.

It really was as good as everyone has said it was. it was also exceptionally funny

The best ever. Even more variety in musical styles and approaches than in previous years, with the usual high standard and general loveliness of participants, all underpinned by Halsway friendliness and lookaftering. Thanks!!!



Paul can design and deliver a band workshop for a half-day, whole day or over 2, 3 or more days. 

Contact Paul James  pauljames.eu@gmail.com    tel/sms: +44 78 87 94 88 53