The NYJO Academy offers weekly London-based access to jazz ensembles for young musicians of varying levels and abilities.


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: Young musicians must have prior ensemble playing experience; Approximate ABRSM grade standards are Grade 5 minimum; 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 in September – 2017 Big Band auditions are currently open. You can find details here. Guideline:  Approximate age range 16-19


The NYJO Academy Vocal Group

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 (early session); 2:45 – 4:15pm (late session)

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.