The NYJO Academy is very pleased to announce that it is holding auditions for NYJO Academy Big Band in September 2019.

The band, led by drummer Sebastiaan De Krom, is the NYJO Academy’s flagship ensemble designed to equip talented young musicians with a solid foundation in the big band genre – helping to prepare them for entry into the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, further education or the music profession. Our top Academy ensemble focuses on developing soloing, section-playing and sight reading skills to take your big band playing to the next level. The band explores style, groove and feel through contemporary classic big band repertoire as well as flagship NYJO charts. There will be performance opportunities throughout the year at venues and festivals across London as well as masterclasses, Jazz Jams and guest MDs.

We are on the lookout for promising musicians age 16-19, grade 7+ to join the band. Auditioning is free but rehearsal sessions cost £120 per term (free for music students at university and bursaries are available). Candidates must be strong improvisers with sight reading ability, who are keen to improve their section playing and gain an in depth understanding of the big band tradition and its future. We are particularly interested in seeing pianists, bassists, tenor and bari players.

When: Saturday 7th September 2019

Where: Morpeth School, Performance Theatre




Applications have now closed.



We are committed to ensuing no student is barred from music-making due to finances. For any enquiries about bursaries, please contact Claire Furlong on

If you have any questions please contact Nicole Vardon, Learning & Participation Coordinator on or call 020 7494 1733.