Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Friends Scheme

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. The weekly rehearsals 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 benefitting 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.

There are various options to help support NYJO and enjoy a range of benefits:


£2.50 per month or £30 per annum

Regular e-newsletters


£5 per month or £60 per annum

As Friend plus Music Director’s annual report


£10 per month or £120 per annum

As Bronze plus invitation to attend rehearsals, name credited on website and free copy of the latest CD


£25 per month or £300 per annum

As Silver plus acknowledgement in special programmes and invitation to the annual Chairman’s Reception

For further information and to apply please download the Friends of NYJO leaflet

NYJO is extremely grateful to the following Friends who make possible its work nurturing the next generation of jazz musicians in the UK:



Mike Armitage

Dr Anna Gregor

Anthony Male

Kate Mudie

B & A Peters

Joan & Joan Pitchers

Ted Rockley

Tony Thresher

Llewellyn Watkins

William Murphy

John Lee

John and Joan Pitchers

Susan Horsewood-Lee

Roddy Gamble


Fiona and Stephen Bone

Rev Kevin Davies

Peter Done

George Edwards

Leslie East OBE

Roger Fewkes

Tony & Janet Kohn

Ean Mackellar

Alan Myers

Professor David Rueda

Nigel Tully

Roger Sirrett

David Rose

Alan Ward

Dr Gabrielle Stanley

Sir Nicholas and Lady Goodison

Simon Quinn

Irene Lambert