The NYJO Academy is very pleased to announce that it is holding auditions for NYJO Academy Big Band in September 2018.

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.

We are on the lookout for promising musicians under the age of 20 to join the band. Auditioning is free but rehearsal sessions cost £110 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.



Auditions are now closed for this year. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the auditions for 2019 by signing up to our mailing list. 



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.