Innovative and inclusive music and arts in Cumbria and NE


BlueJam is an innovative community music and arts organisation based in Penrith, Cumbria.

We run a full programme of inclusive creative workshops, training, and professional and community performance activities and events – everything from 121 music lessons, a children’s orchestra and jazz ensembles for young people to jazz training for adults, whole school singing projects and live streamed gigs (and most things in between!).

Our specialism is improvisation, which we pursue through jazz workshops and performances, and also use as a discipline to inform the way we deliver the programmes and structure groups. We initiate and collaborate on music, film, performance and digital art-centred work, which we deliver through sessions in the community, in schools and at our Art Space.

Do get in touch if you’d like to hear more about our work and how you can get involved.

Latest News…

  • Penrith Jazz Jam
    Our sessions are now confirmed as the last Sunday in the month. Do join us if you play jazz or if you’d like to come and listen. It’s getting better and better!
  • Lithophones in the Landscape
    Videos and audio clips from the project which we ran in 2022 for Fellfoot Forward are now up on our projects page. We have fallen in love with rock music (sorry) – the sound of stone on stone, stone in…
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  • Io Saturnalia
    Go to our projects pages to see the films and gallery images from our project for Hadrian’s Wall 1900. A fantastic first with Lucinda Guinness and Chloë Cacau from Kin Hill Collaborations and Brampton Improv Choir. We made a songbook…
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  • EP Launch: Music From The Wild creators
    Join BlueJam Arts and our 6 ‘Music From The Wild’ up-and-coming artists for a celebratory EP launch event at The Source Collective, Carlisle on 26th November (7:30pm). Come and hear live performances of some brilliant new music created by the…
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