The NYJO Academy will be moving to Morpeth Secondary School, Tower Hamlets, at the start of the Spring term in January 2018. 

As we take the spring term of 2018 to make the move and settle ourselves in, we will not be accepting any new students to the Academy or inviting prospective students for taster sessions. However, we will be hosting additional Sunday activities during the spring term which will be open to all musicians within and outside the Academy, and we will also be planning an open day. Details of these events will be available shortly.


The NYJO Academy offers weekly London-based access to jazz ensembles for young musicians of varying levels and abilities.


The NYJO Academy Jazz Ensemble

10am – 1pm

MD: Gemma Buckenham

Focuses on ensemble performance skills in a large jazz ensemble: an introduction to standard big band repertoire, interpreting notation, familiarity with a variety of grooves from jazz and related genres and jazz improvisation. Guideline: Young musicians must have prior ensemble playing experience; Approximate ABRSM grade standards are Grade 5 minimum; Approximate age range: 12 – 17


The NYJO Academy Big Band

1.30pm – 4.30pm

MD: Sebastiaan de Krom

This band focuses on projects looking at the repertoire/styles of key big band figures; Ellington, Basie, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Stan Tracey etc etc.  Experience in large jazz ensemble performance is expected, with music reading, improvisational abilities and overall jazz style developing well.  Entry is mainly by a yearly audition process in September – 2017 Big Band auditions are currently open. You can find details here. Guideline:  Approximate age range 16-19


The NYJO Academy Vocal Group

11am – 2pm

MD: Jessica Radcliffe

Singers work with the MD on everything from microphone technique to repertoire and reading and jazz interpretation.  Each week members of the vocal class will have opportunity to sing with the instrumental ensembles, as well as working on a jazz vocal ensemble. Guideline:  Some live singing experience desirable.  Approximate age range 14 – 21


NYJO London 

10:30 – 12:30pm (advanced group); 1:30 – 3:30pm (intermediate group)

MD: Phil Meadows

This ensemble focuses on the aural tradition of jazz – learning music pieces by ear, creating arrangements and improvisation skills.  Guideline:  Some proficiency on your instrument.  Approximate age range: under 19.