How do I join the NYJO Academy?

Our taster days welcome prospective students to visit and try out our non-auditioned Academy ensembles, meet staff and current students and possibly secure a place.

Prospective participants will sit in on an entire rehearsal alongside current NYJO Academy members. Students must come with their instrument and be willing to play. We’re particularly looking out for trombonists, bassists and saxophonists to register for the day.

You can find a brief breakdown of each of our non-auditioned ensembles here; please use this as a guide in deciding which band to apply for at the taster day. For any further questions you can get in touch at 020 7494 1733.

We aim to give the opportunity for as many young musicians as possible to take part in the NYJO Academy but, as you can imagine, we can’t accommodate 27 drummers in a band! We’ll be in touch with everyone following the taster day to let you know if we can accommodate you or add you to our waiting list.

Please note the next taster day, scheduled for the 25th April, has been cancelled. Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, we do not currently have a new date in the diary. You can sign up to hear about the next taster day by registering here.

When does the NYJO Academy run?

The Academy runs every Saturday. The Academy term dates are as follows:

Autumn 2019
14 September to 14 December 2019
Half term: 19 and 26 October 2019

Spring 2020
11 January to 28 March 2020
Half term: 15 and 22 February 2020

Summer 2020
25 April to 11 July
Half term: 23 and 30 May 2020


Where does the NYJO Academy take place?

Morpeth Secondary School 

Portman Place,


E2 0PX.

Click here for map and visit to plan your route.


How much does it cost?

Spring Term 2020:

NYJO Academy Jazz Ensemble/ Big Band/ Vocal Class = £125 per term

NYJO London = £85 per term

NYJO London + Jazz ensemble/ Big Band/ Vocal Class  = £185 per term

If you are a current member and would like to purchase termly fees, click here


Busaries and Concessions

Full-time music students at higher-education establishments are exempt from fees.  To apply for this, please bring proof of your student-status with you on the first day of term.

We feel strongly that no committed student should be excluded from music making opportunities purely because of finances. Therefore, we distribute a range of full and partial bursaries to students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.  To enquire about these, please email Claire, in confidence, at


Is there a newsletter that I can receive to keep me updated with all NYJO educational activity?

Yes, there is! Our Academy Educational newsletter goes out monthly and includes details on our monthly Jazz Jams at Foyles Bookshop, as well as other opportunities from us and our friends. You can sign up to receive the newsletter HERE



For other Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

NYJO is committed to equal opportunities and zero tolerance to bullying. Download our equal opportunities statement here