Thursday, September 3, 2015


The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) has a recruitment plan and holds auditions each January, normally in London and a northern English city. The membership of the elite (though not elitist!) gigging band is by selection although all are welcome to attend one of the three bands forming the NYJO Academy. For more information see

NYJO band members will work with MD Mark Armstrong on some great music and give inspiring concerts (2014 highlights include concerts at Ronnie Scott’s, EFG London Jazz Festival and a tour to Germany). You will be part of a band with a fantastic legacy of musicians, many of whom are now the top jazz and commercial musicians in the UK. NYJO will help give you the training and skills for the world of professional music-making, if this is the path you choose. You will be playing a wide variety of music, from an exploration of great big band charts through the ages, through commissions by notable jazz artists, to music written by recent and current band members – that means you! We will be working with leading UK jazz musicians and also taking the music to a younger generation through school concerts and workshops.  In return you will need to be enthusiastic and committed to what NYJO is going – and feel confident to promote the work of the band and your role within it.


Information for auditions in January 2016 will be made available in autumn 2015. Applications are open to all musicians aged 25 and younger who play instruments in the NYJO line-up and who are starting or considering a career as a professional jazz musician.

Successful applicants will be invited to audition and will normally be required to perform two contrasting pieces of their choice with a professional rhythm section provided by NYJO along with a piece of sight reading chosen by NYJO. You will be notified if you are not invited to audition.