Thursday, February 23, 2017

Partnership Projects


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NYJO currently works in partnership with 69 music hubs, schools, arts organisations & venues to deliver our Learning & Participation work.  All projects are designed individually to meet the different needs of our partners.  Please get in touch if you’re interested in developing a partnership with NYJO.  Below are a few examples of  varied recent partnership projects to whet your appetite:

 Cumbria Music Hub:
NYJO have been involved with Cumbria Music hub for the last three academic years where we have been working to kick start their jazz development strategy across the whole county.  In 2015 work was centered in the North of the county, who hosted multiple visits from Mark Armstrong & the NYJO Ambassadors working in four local schools. From these workshops a new regional ensemble was formed, which had their debut performance supporting NYJO at the Sands Centre, Carlisle.

We’re heading back to Cumbria for a week in January 2017 to work in the West & South of the county, to widen access to the hub’s fantastic jazz provision.

The opportunity to work with NYJO to kick start our Jazz development strategy for the whole of Cumbria has been a great experience for all. The young people who have taken part have benefitted enormously from working with Mark Armstrong and the ambassadors as well as with the full NYJO band. They have grown hugely in confidence from working in a sufficiently challenging but supportive and encouraging way. Developing our project ideas with the NYJO team, who are efficient and accommodating, into a workable programme has also been pretty straightforward.’  Simon Yeo, Head of Cumbria Music Education Hub

Kingston and Richmond Music Hubs

Another model we developed with Kingston and Richmond Hubs in 2015 was part of a Mayor’s Fund for Young Musicians Partnership project.  Over six months Mark & the NYJO Ambassadors worked with the hub big bands, and in local primary schools, leading to a celebratory performance at the Rose Theatre.  For this project, as well as fantastic outcomes for the young musicians involved, there was CPD for our NYJO Ambassadors who had opportunity to develop their music leadership skills through the project, and learn from the hub’s brilliant instrumental teachers.

This project was part of Kingston’s jazz strategy, which saw them winning a Will Michael Award for Jazz Education this September.

Bury St Edmunds’ Primary Schools:

For the past three years, NYJO have performed at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds.  Before each visit, we have developed a programme with local primary schools for KS2 students.  NYJO Associate Educator, Pete Letanka, works in three schools working with students to compose their own songs working with voices, classroom instruments and strings.

We aim for every project to culminate in a performance opportunity, and these primary students were very lucky and got to be part of NYJO for the day – complete with cardboard NYJO red ties!

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