Monday, April 24, 2017

NYJO Academy


The NYJO Academy offers weekly London-based access to jazz ensembles for young musicians of varying levels and abilities.  On Saturdays during term times, the following bands rehearse:

  • The NYJO Academy Jazz Ensemble. 10am – 1pm   MD: Gemma Buckenham.

Focuses on ensemble performance skills in a large jazz ensemble: an introduction to standard big band repertoire, interpreting notation, familiarity with a variety of grooves from jazz and related genres and jazz improvisation. Guideline: Approximate standard ABRSM classical grades 4-6 or jazz grades 3-5.  Approximate age range: 12 – 17

  • The NYJO Academy Big Band. 10am – 1pm     MD: Sebastiaan de Krom.

This band focuses on projects looking at the repertoire/styles of key big band figures; Ellington, Basie, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Stan Tracey etc etc.  Experience in large jazz ensemble performance is expected, with music reading, improvisational abilities and overall jazz style developing well.  Entry is mainly by a yearly audition process – more details here.  Guideline:  Approximate age range 16-19

  • The NYJO Academy Vocal Workshop. 10am -1pm   MD: Jessica Radcliffe

Singers work with the MD on everything from microphone technique to repertoire and reading and jazz interpretation.  Each week members of the vocal class will have opportunity to sing with the instrumental ensembles, as well as working on a jazz vocal ensemble. Guideline:  Some live singing experience desirable.  Approximate age range 14 – 21

  • NYJO London. 1:15-2:45pm  & 2:45-4:15pm  MD: Phil Meadows

This ensemble focuses on the aural tradition of jazz – learning music pieces by ear, creating arrangements and improvisation skills.  Guideline:  Some proficiency on your instrument.  Approximate age range: under 19.

Where does the NYJO Academy take place?

The London Centre of Contemporary Music (LCCM), 50-52 Union Street, London, SE1 1TD. Click here for map and visit to plan your route.

How much does it cost?

NYJO Academy Big Band/Jazz Ensemble/Vocal Class = £100 per term
NYJO London = £50 per term
NYJO London + morning session = £140 per term.

Means-tested bursaries for fees are available – please contact for more information.

How to Join

You can join ensembles at the start of every term (Entry to the NYJO Academy Big Band is by annual audition).  You’re also very welcome to come along for a free taster session at any point. Before attending for the first time, please fill out a registration form.  You can find a registration form  here

You will also need to read, print, complete and bring with you a copy of the terms and conditions of the NYJO Academy. Click on NYJO Academy Ts and Cs 2016 to download the document.

If you have any questions in advance please contact or phone the NYJO office on 020 7494 1733.

When you arrive, one of our volunteer crew will talk you through the signing in system, show you to the rehearsal room and introduce you to some of the other musicians.

When does the NYJO Academy run?

Please check term dates here

For other Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

NYJO is committed to equal opportunities and zero tolerance to bullying. Download our equal opportunities statement here