Following a year of internal changes to determine the future vision for the charity, we can happily confirm the arrival of a brand-new Chief Executive and an exciting team of Music Directors that will make up our refreshed London Academy set-up for 2021 and beyond.
Since NYJO’s inception, much has changed both within the charity and wider creative industries. Like so many arts organisations today, we acknowledge that much more can be done to nurture talent from all of our communities, generating a more powerful creative output as a result.
2021 not only marks a change in approach but also the move into our first permanent home. Woolwich Works is a landmark, multi-million pound restoration of historic industrial buildings on the Royal Arsenal, South-East London and is set to become London’s new cultural quarter for the arts. Home to a large-scale concert venue, as well as rehearsal and studio spaces, it will offer music, theatre, dance, spoken word, comedy, exhibitions and food and drink for all visitors to enjoy.
From our new HQ, we are extremely fortunate to be joined by a number of renowned performing arts companies, including Chineke! Orchestra, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, Punchdrunk and the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. From this dynamic and inclusive environment we will galvanise our efforts to be an active member in some of the most important ongoing conversations in the sector today.
Leading this change, newly-appointed Chief Executive Susie York Skinner will join us on 1 July. Susie will report to a NYJO board that saw its cohort reinvigorated at the close of 2020. NYJO’s 8 trustees represent the most diverse group it has ever installed, and as of 2021, 50% of board-members will be female and 3 of the 8, black.
“After combining the roles of CEO and Chair of the NYJO Board for 12 years, I am absolutely delighted to be handing over the role of CEO to Susie York Skinner. It’s a great time for a fresh approach, and with her wealth of experience Susie will bring exactly that. I look forward enormously to NYJO’s continuing progress under her leadership, and will do everything I can to help and support her as Chair of NYJO.”Nigel Tully
Vital to the charity’s evolution will be the new team of educators. This group will be the driving force that will enables us to deliver of a range of activities and projects that benefit young people in the local communities of Greenwich, Lewisham and Woolwich; creating a space that ignites inventiveness and engenders collaboration in a way which compliments the current UK jazz ecosystem and develops opportunities for a new generation of talent.
Spanning an eclectic mix of age and experience, this new team will see the NYJO LDN team joined three new members from across the contemporary landscape. With music educators, session musicians, recording artists, writers and producers in the mix, the opportunity to offer young musicians such a varied and creative level of expertise will be a key to kickstarting this excited new era.
“I’m counting down the days to when we can see young musicians finally flood through the gates of our new London home and work with this fantastic new team of music leaders. I have no doubt that they’ll inspire greatness from the new generation of young jazz musicians coming through the NYJO Academy and I can’t wait to hear the results.”Claire Furlong, Head of Learning & Participation
NYJO’s space at Woolwich Works, and the talented new team that will join them there, will drive a renewed focus on upholding jazz’s social and cultural intent by contextualising the forces that helped to shape the music, from its early beginnings right up to present day.
NYJO Academy LDN will offer weekly London-based access to large ensemble rehearsals, jazz vocal training, and improvisation & aural training for young musicians of mixed levels and abilities every Saturday, three terms a year.