Burnie High School

Workshop with jazz supremo


OPPORTUNITY: Burnie High School senior music students (from left) Anna-Lee Smith, Rhiannon McGuire, Curtis Poke, Dakota Gallagher, Burnie High School music teacher Bronwyn Darvell and senior music student Conner Donnelly, are all looking forward to renowned jazz musician James Morrison holding a workshop and concert at the school's Performing Arts Centre.  Picture: Meg Windram, The Advocate.

Jazz legend James Morrison will give local students the opportunity of a lifetime when he presents a workshop in May.

The international star is renowned for his workshops, which not only guide participants in the art form of jazz but also offer insight into his fascinating life and career.

The workshop will be held on May 16, from 2-3.30pm, at the Burnie High School performing arts centre, and is aimed at primary and high school students, but is open to adults too.

Morrison will also perform a concert at the school in the evening, which is open to everyone.

"I took along some of my students to a workshop in 2012 and we were just blown away," Burnie High head music teacher Bronwyn Darvell said.

"He talked a lot about his experiences in high school, discovering what sort of music he liked and how he made it into the music industry, which is very challenging to do.

"He has this inspiring attitude of if you like it, you can do it."

The workshop is suited to wind instruments, which are Morrison's forte, such as the trumpet, trombone, saxophone, flute and clarinet, but Miss Darvell said any musician would benefit.

"Even if you are a drummer, guitarist, singer, come along as he is so talented he can do anything," she said.

Miss Darvell said she was looking forward to her own music students broadening their horizons by experimenting with jazz.

  • James Morrison will hold a workshop on May 16, from 2-3.30pm, at the Burnie High School performing arts centre.  Cost is $10. To reserve a place call the school on 6431 2744.
  • James Morrison will perform that evening, with doors opening at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  To book tickets call the school on 6431 2744.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate