NYJO receives support from Garfield Weston Foundation

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NYJO is delighted to announce it has received £40,000 in funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation. The grant will help NYJO to continue to develop its education work with Music Hubs and other education partners around the country and will specifically help to fund a new, part-time, Learning & Participation Manager at the organisation.

NYJO’s unique position of combining an orchestra of national excellence with musicians young enough to be able to relate directly to school children has been a major factor in the growth of interest in partnership projects from Music Hubs and education organisations around the country. NYJO is now developing a wide variety of options for Music Hubs which draws on its near 50 years of experience in training young people in jazz. This grant continues NYJO’s upward trajectory in developing its artistic and education programme and builds on successful pilot education work in London, Surrey, Gateshead and Suffolk during 2013.

NYJO Executive Chairman Nigel Tully commented:

“We are delighted that another major trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, has recognized the work NYJO does and our potential to do more given the right support. This award will enable us to be more strategic with our education activity nationwide, helping us to forge partnerships with many more Hubs in areas of greatest need and where we can inspire more young people to consider participation in jazz and grow its audience.”

Anna Richards, Headteacher at Ixworth Primary School in Suffolk which took part in an education project with NYJO in September 2013 said:

“The children have worked incredibly hard and gained a huge amount of confidence. The children and their parents were blown away with the experience of the NYJO concert. The whole experience has made the class function as a mature and independent unit. Very high expectations were placed on the children and they exceeded them to perform to such a high standard that they amazed themselves.”

We look forward to updating you more over the next year!

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