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Education Partners

September 14, 2012 by  

Jazz education in the UK is renowned for its vibrancy and passion and there are many organisations doing excellent work in developing British youth jazz. This section lists all the key educational organisations (conservatoires, regional orchestras, venues etc) with whom NYJO is developing close partnerships to improve jazz education and raise standards and ambitions throughout the UK. We hope you will find it useful.

Conservatoires & other educational institutions

Many of NYJO’s players are studying jazz at music conservatoires or other higher education institutions in London or throughout the country. NYJO has signed a partnership agreement with Conservatoires UK (the umbrella organisation for eight of the leading conservatoires) and also has individual agreements with many. NYJO’s relationship with the Heads of Jazz and others ensures it can seek expert advice on its education policies at a national level and be a strong voice within these discussions. NYJO has signed (or is in the process of signing) partnership agreements with the following institutions:

Regional Jazz Orchestras

Following NYJO’s formation in 1965, many areas of the UK started their own jazz orchestras for young big band musicians. NYJO fosters good relationships with these groups, seeking the advice of their Musical Directors about the best up-and-coming local musicians, and making sure that when NYJO is in the area groups work and perform together, giving workshops and gigs.

Regional Residencies

In an exciting new development, NYJO is piloting a Regional Residency programme. This will take place in July 2013 at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. In a first for NYJO, this will see the whole band spend several days together outside of London, rehearsing, workshopping and gigging with RWCMD jazz students as well as young talented musicians from schools and local jazz orchestras to give them a taste of the NYJO experience. This is a new and experimental project and NYJO is extremely grateful to the support offered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund towards developing it. If you are a young jazz musician in Wales or the south west of England and are interested please watch this space for further updates or email:

Local Music Hubs

Following the recent publication of the government’s National Plan for Music Education from August 2012 local authority music services will form Music Hubs, bringing together professional music groups to work in partnership with them to ensure every child has a high quality music education and the most talented are aware of possible progression routes. NYJO will be working with a number of Hubs to increase its offering to young jazz musicians. These include:

Trevor James Saxes

In Autumn 2013 NYJO announced a new collaboration with Trevor James instruments who donated £30,000 of award-winning flutes and saxes to the NYJO Academy. The educational partnership enables the team behind Trevor James instruments to form positive liaisons with and receive feedback from the wonderful Jazz musicians of NYJO, while supporting the development of future talent through the NYJO Academy.  This will provide a unique opportunity for an award winning British Instrument Company to make a positive contribution to jazz education here in the UK.

If you would like any further information about NYJO’s education partners or would like to discuss an idea please contact Beci Jamieson, Learning & Participation Manager E: T: 020 7494 1733

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