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Top international jazzman drops into NYJO

July 15, 2013 by Stephen  

Top American jazz trombonist Josh Brown dropped in on rehearsals last week and took time to play with NYJO under MD Mark Armstrong as well as giving a helping hand to the NYJO Jazz Ensemble training band under MD Gemma Buckenham. Based in New York, Josh was in the UK with Michael Buble’s band, with [...]

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NYJO Academy Charging Announcement

June 29, 2013 by Stephen  

The NYJO Academy Announcement of new charging structure 14 September 2013 NYJO has reluctantly come to the conclusion that it must start to charge fees for attendance at all the bands and classes within the NYJO Academy, which are currently the NYJO Academy Big Band, the NYJO Jazz Ensemble, and the NYJO Vocal class. (NYJO [...]

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NYJO Jazz Ensemble MD Appointed

June 4, 2013 by Stephen  

NYJO is very pleased to announce the appointment of trumpeter Gemma Buckenham as MD of the NYJO Jazz Ensemble to commence in July 2013. Hailing from Lincoln, Gemma was inspired to start learning the trumpet as a child after seeing NYJO perform. An experienced music educator, she has also worked as a trumpeter and arranger [...]

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NYJO works with 100 young musicians from Surrey Arts

May 31, 2013 by Stephen  

On Sunday 19 May NYJO worked with over 100 young musicians from throughout Surrey during a day of jazz activity at the G Live Centre in Guildford, in partnership with Surrey Arts. The day saw four jazz orchestra and vocal workshops take place and culminated in a swinging concert of epic proportions with NYJO performing [...]

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Jamie Cullum and NYJO stop commuters in their tracks!

May 21, 2013 by Stephen  

Earlier this morning, NYJO horns and Jamie Cullum stopped commuters at St Pancras station in their tracks, playing tracks from his new album, Momentum, which is realised today. Jamie said: “I thrive on the live performance, the spontaneous vibe. This kind of thing suits me well. We hadn’t rehearsed with the orchestra at all — [...]

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NYJO Academy Big Band players feature in Ignite Festival

May 15, 2013 by Sean  

13 year old saxophonist Asha Parkinson’s group ‘Out Of The Loop’, will be performing in the prestigious lunchtime ‘Ignite’ series at the Royal Albert Hall Consort Café on Thursday 23rd May. Line-up includes NYJO Academy Big Band and Purcell school musicians: Asha (saxes), Gabriel Davies (keys), Charlie Heyward (guitar), Arthur O’Hara (bass), James Dancer (drums) [...]

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NYJO in Guildford – Sunday 19 May

May 9, 2013 by Stephen  

On Sunday 19 May NYJO will work with school-age students from throughout Surrey in four workshops and a combined evening concert as part of Surrey Arts’ “Playing with the Stars” event at the fantastic G Live Centre in Guildford. The workshops will be delivered by NYJO MD Mark Armstrong (along with NYJO itself), NYJO Academy [...]

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Shanti Das reviews NYJO at Thornbury festival

May 2, 2013 by Sean  

NYJO @ Armstrong Hall, Thornbury Arts Festival, 20/04/13 Shanti Das The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) certainly put the ‘youth’ back into ‘jazz’ with their performance at the Thornbury Arts Festival last week: not only did they manage to mesmerize an audience spanning generations but they did so with astounding ease. NYJO comprises aspiring musicians [...]

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All that jazz…

April 23, 2013 by Stephen  

Esteemed publication Music Teacher Magazine has a feature on the new NYJO Academy in the April 2013 issue. Music Teacher Magazine is the go-to place for music education news, developments and resources. In the feature, NYJO chairman Nigel Tully explained that “under the banner of the NYJO Academy we will now have three bands and a [...]

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NYJO’s Scott Chapman wins Humph Award

April 23, 2013 by Sean  

We are very proud to announce this years winner of the Humph Award is Scott Chapman. Scott is a drummer and percussionist from London currently in his third year of study at the Royal Academy of Music. His musical grounding came primarily from playing in church, though his first experience of playing jazz was from [...]

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