Surrey Young Jazz Musicians

What’s It All About?

On the evening of Friday 20 March 2020, Guildford Jazz are hosting a concert to celebrate the best young jazz talent across Surrey.  The celebration kicks off GUILDFORD JAZZ FEST ’20 , when over three days some of the most talented jazz players in the UK will be performing at the Electric Theatre in Guildford.

Who Can Take Part?

The concert will include performances from big bands, ensembles and individuals and anyone who plays jazz and lives in Surrey can apply to take part. The only conditions are that you play jazz and all participants are under 21.

Applications are welcome from private individuals or from schools on behalf of individual students or ensembles. Scratch ensembles or established groups (from duos up to big band) are welcome, as are soloists.  If you are selected to perform on the night, you will be invited to play one or two pieces, but this vary on the size of the ensemble. A jazz trio will be provided to accompany soloists at the performance.

Is this a Competition?

No, it’s a celebration of the best local young jazz talent. Everyone who takes part in the concert will be published by Guildford Jazz as a Surrey Young Jazz Musician of the Year and will receive a token of recognition.

How Can We Apply?

Entry is free. All you need do is to submit an application using the form below by email to by October 31st and then send us a recording of you playing two pieces, preferably those that you intend to perform at the concert, by December 13th. The recordings will be reviewed by Guildford Jazz and we will announce who will perform in the concert by January 15th .

Data Protection and Safeguarding

Any information you submit will only be used only for the purposes of Surrey Young Jazz Musicians of the Year. We will provide information around safeguarding procedures for the event in due course

What do I do next? 

Email us at to register your interest or if you’d like to find out more, and we’ll send you a copy of the application form.

The closing dates for applications is October 31st.