NYJO Academy Big Band Auditions

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The NYJO Academy is very pleased to announce that it is holding auditions for NYJO Academy Big Band in September 2017.

The band, led by drummer Sebastiaan De Krom, is the NYJO Academy’s flagship ensemble designed to equip talented young musicians with a solid foundation in the big band genre – helping to prepare them for entry into the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, further education or the music profession.

The NYJO Academy Big Band is structured around a series of ‘projects’ centred around the work of a particular composer or genre, such as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus or Loose Tubes.

We are on the lookout for promising musicians under the age of 20 to join the band. Auditioning is free but rehearsal sessions cost £100 per term (free for music students at university and bursaries are available). Candidates must be strong improvisers with sight reading ability, who are keen to improve their section playing and gain an in-depth understanding of the big band tradition and its future.


Auditions will take place on Saturday 9th September at the London Centre of Contemporary Music in London Bridge.  During the audition you will be asked perform a jazz standard with the NYJO rhythm section, complete a sight-reading exercise and have an informal chat with our panel.

Applications are open to all musicians aged 20 and younger who play saxes, trombone, trumpet, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Please note that we are not auditioning vocalists. Vocalists are welcome to attend the NYJO Academy Vocal Class.

Please email your form to deborah@nyjo.org.uk or post it to Deborah Bankole, NYJO, 5 Vigo Street, Westminster W1S 3HB. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 21st August.

Successful applicants will be invited to audition and will be required to perform 1 piece of their choice with a rhythm section provided by NYJO Academy along with a piece of sight reading. Every applicant will be notified on the outcome of their application  by Friday 25th August.

Download an application form HERE


We are committed to ensuing no student is barred from music-making due to finances. For any enquiries about bursaries, please contact Claire Furlong on claire@nyjo.org.uk

If you have any questions please contact Deborah Bankole, Learning & Participation Coordinator on deborah@nyjo.org.uk or call 020 7494 1733.

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