Since 1965, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra has sought to provide aspiring young jazz musicians with the opportunity to rehearse and perform big band jazz to the highest standard. Weekly Saturday morning rehearsals, available to all regardless of qualification and now at the LCCM, have taken place unfailingly since then – nurturing the careers of many of Britain’s best-loved and well-known jazz musicians.
The charity now operates four orchestras: NYJO is the main performing band; the NYJO Academy encompasses the main educational work and contains the NYJO Academy Big Band, the NYJO Jazz Ensemble, NYJO London and the NYJO Academy Vocal Workshop, all of which rehearse every Saturday. The Vocal Workshop famously launched Amy Winehouse’s gigging career.
With NYJO approaching its 50th Anniversary, we are proud that, over the years, thousands of young musicians have benefitted from the start that we have been able to give them. Currently around 300 young musicians are taking advantage of the unique learning experience we offer. None of this activity would be possible without the support and financial input of our wide circle of friends and donors, many of whom, like us, hope to carve a greater role for jazz in the current landscape of music education.
Please consider supporting NYJO through one of the following ways:
NYJO also operates a Friends Scheme offering a variety of benefits from as little as £2.50 per month. Please click on the Friends Scheme drop-down section (under Support NYJO) for more information.
Sponsors and Trusts & Foundations
NYJO is incredibly grateful to the following organisations who make our work possible and with whom we have built deep and satisfying relationships over the years.
“I spent seven years as a member of NYJO during my teenage years and found it an invaluable musical opportunity. Not only did it give me the experience of preforming jazz within a large ensemble it also prepared me for life as a professional musician ready to face a whole variety of musical situations.”
Award-winning trumpeter, composer & arranger