On Tuesday 6 June, a NYJO school’s concert was streamed live across the internet to schools across the UK and British Army bases worldwide. Filmed at Risedale college, Yorkshire, 500 children from Hipswell, Colburn, Michael Sy-dall, Carnagill, Wavell, Le Cateau and Brompton-on-Swale schools were also invited to attend.
This event was part of the Swaledale Festival, and was developed by the North Yorkshire Music Action Zone (NYMAZ) in collaboration with NYJO, Swaledale Festival, Risedale Sports and Community College, UCan Play and the British Forces Broadcasting Service.
The audience were treated to a mixed programme of big-band classics and contemporary compositions, and during the concert, the children had the opportunity to join in with some rhythm games and a surprisingly funky rendition of ‘London’s Burning’. The broadcast also included a Twitter Q&A, which saw the band answering questions such as “how much do you practise every day'” and “when you’re improvising, how do you know what to play?”. The live stream’s impact was immediate but long-lasting; the video, which is now on YouTube, has already been viewed 700 times, and there were 11,433 impressions of tweets over the course of the live event.
“We are so pleased that we can invite students from our neighbouring Primary schools to join together and celebrate of jazz. I hope this event will be the start of many creative collaborative projects in the future.”
This matinee performance was NYJO’s second at the Swaledale Festival; the previous night we performed a ‘Great American Songbook’-themed set in the Influence Church to an equally enthusiastic audience, and hugely enjoyed our visit to the Yorkshire Dales.