We are excited to announce that the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) has started recruiting new band members for 2017. NYJO is inviting young musicians aged 24 and under, with experience of playing big band jazz and who are preparing for a career as a musician, to apply for a position in the band.
Auditions are being held in London on Saturday 7 January 2017 at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, and on Sunday 8 January 2017 at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Successful applicants will have the chance to work with NYJO’s Artistic and Music Director Mark Armstrong, performing an eclectic repertoire of new music and classics from the big band canon, giving inspiring concerts around the country and also be involved in delivering NYJO’s learning and participation programme.
Mark Armstrong describes the recruitment process:
“We are looking forward to auditioning potential new NYJO chair holders in January. Although an audition is a short amount of time to gauge a player’s potential, their choice of material and ability to play it, combined with sight-reading, gives a good indication of how they might fit in the band. For some really important chairs, a trial period may be needed to ensure the right person fills the role.”
Recent NYJO highlights include performances at the EFG London Jazz Festival, a major European tour with the German and Dutch National Youth Jazz Orchestras, an annual residency at Ronnie Scott’s, recording a celebrated 50th anniversary double-album ‘NYJO FIFTY’, and a landmark collaboration at the Barbican with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Those that are successful in joining NYJO for 2017 will certainly have a lot to look forward to.
Please note that we are not auditioning vocalists this year. For more information and a link to the application form, please click here.