If you’re a musician, or a student, or just interested in how jazz works, you’re very welcome to our occasional workshops before our evening gig at the Cricket Pavilion. These workshops are led by some of the most experienced and highly regarded jazz educators and musicians in the UK and are a fantastic opportunity to learn and  develop jazz improvisational skills.

The workshops are open to all horn and rhythm section players. Reasonable technical competence on your instrument is required but all levels of experience are welcome.

The sessions start at 5.15pm. until 6.45pm, at the Guildford Cricket Pavilion and are followed by the tutor’s concert at the club to which attendees are of course warmly invited.

Previous tutors have included:

GARETH LOCKRANE (Director, Junior Jazz Course, Royal Academy)
MALCOLM EDMONSTONE (Royal Academy, Guildhall, Trinity)
MARK LOCKHEART (Trinity, Royal Academy, National Youth Jazz Collective)
STEVE WATERMAN (Trinity, Royal Northern and Royal Welsh)
MORNINGTON LOCKETT ( Royal College, Trinity, Leeds, Royal Northern)
DAVE O’HIGGINS (LCCM, Goldsmiths. Birmingham)

Next workshop:


Everyone in music knows Alan Barnes as one of our greatest jazz musicians, winning the BBC Jazz Awards many times, playing clarinet, alto & baritone saxophones, both in smaller intimate jazz clubs and on larger concert hall stages with equal creativity, all with charismatic, engaging humour. 

He brings this same phenomenal knowledge, passion and humour to his teaching.

Please note: this session is being run as a masterclass for horn players (although all musicians are welcome to attend).

Full details of how to book are below. Don’t miss it!

Barnes’ melodic sense bypasses the usual scale-running clichés that pepper the playing of lesser bop disciples.

Peter Marsh, BBC Music Review.

His stylistic range is quite phenomenal… He has a wonderful capacity for suggesting a given style without actually imitating anyone

Dave Gelly, Masters Of The Jazz Saxophone.

I was relishing the prospect of Barnes’s casually consummate musicianship, deadpan humour (he could be a comedian, if jazz ever fails him), and indomitable belief in a respected place for the music’s rich history in this eclectic and often forgetful world.

John Fordham – The Guardian.

Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz.

John L. Walters, The Guardian.


Thursday April 28th , from 5pm to 6.30pm at the Cricket Club Pavilion, GU1 4RP (entry from Wharf Road)

Please note there are a very limited number of places and early booking is advised.

The fee is £14 (£12 for Guildford Jazz Members) or £5 for students. Please click the link below to book your place, or email if you have any questions. We’ll send you full details for the session with your booking confirmation.

The workshop will be followed by Alan’s gig at the club , starting at 8pm, to which workshop participants are very welcome, and there’s a meal available after the workshop also. There’ll be a link to book a ticket for gig in your basket when you check out, or you can find out more and book here


Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist.  He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers.  His range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work since his precocious arrival on the scene more than thirty years ago.

His recorded catalogue is immense.  He has made over thirty albums as leader and co-leader alone, and the list of his session and side-man work includes Bjork, Bryan Ferry, Michel LeGrande, Clare Teale, Westlife, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum. He has toured and played residencies with such diverse and demanding figures as Ruby Braff, Freddie Hubbard, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen and Conte Candoli.

In British jazz, the young Barnes was recognized – and hired – by the established greats of the time:  Stan Tracy, John Dankworth, Kenny Baker, Bob Wilber, and Humphrey Lyttelton.  But he is equally respected for his longstanding and fruitful collaborations with contemporaries such as David Newton, Bruce Adams, and Martin Taylor.

Alan Barnes’s unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz.  He has received over 25 British Jazz Awards, most recently in 2014 for clarinet, and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.