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. Free and available to all regardless of qualification, the weekly rehearsals at the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone have taken place unfailingly since then and nurtured 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.
As NYJO approaches its 50th anniversary, thousands of young musicians have enlisted over the years with around 300 young musicians currently benefiting from the unique learning experience the organisation offers. 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:
If you are able to support NYJO with a financial contribution of any amount over £2 and wish to donate online, please go to our JustGiving page.
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.
“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