NYJO is delighted to announce it has been awarded £18,500 in the most recent round of Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme. The programme aims to give more people in the country better access to quality art across a range of venues. It targets places with low levels of art engagement and those that rely on touring for arts and culture as well as increases work for and by children and young people and people from diverse background.
The award will see NYJO develop a pilot programme of professional performances and integrated education activity in Cumbria, Hull, Southend, Barking & Dagenham and Norwich. Crucially, NYJO will partner with the local Music Education Hub in each area leading up to each performance. This will see at least 450 local children working with the band and its team of educationalists over 2014-2015. The programme will aim to give the opportunity for enduring partnerships with promoters and Music Hubs for expansion after 2015.
Promoters/venues in the NYJO programme include:
Truck Theatre, Hull/Hull Jazz Festival
Playhouse Theatre, Norwich
Palace Theatre, Southend on Sea
Sands Centre, Carlisle
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
NYJO Executive Chairman Nigel Tully said:
“This is fantastic news for NYJO, for British jazz and also for audiences and children who will participate in our work around the country. We look forward immensely to building enduring relationships with audiences, Music Hubs and promoters in these areas and to inspiring more people to experience the richness and rewards of this invigorating art-form.”
Joyce Wilson, Area Director, London, Arts Council England, said:
“The tour by National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is a wonderful opportunity to bring jazz into areas of the country where provision of jazz music is limited. Through partnerships with Music Education Hubs in five places across the country, NYJO will provide children and young people with an opportunity to learn about and be inspired by Jazz – helping to develop the next generation of jazz artists.”
We’re really looking forward to getting going on this one and will post more on this soon!
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