Everyone should have the opportunity to learn and play music and reach their potential


Hannah Wickes
NYJO Academy Student

There’s not really much that you can do as a musician here [Cumbria] because it’s so rural so I like how a [virtual] community can come together and express their love of music together.

NYJO exists to empower young jazz musicians and inspire music audiences across the UK through engaging education projects and impactful live performances.

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All the young musicians involved in NYJO – from our Academy students, to the professional musicians in our cohorts – have access to bespoke advice and Professional Development opportunities to equip them with the tools necessary to achieve their potential 


Dan Coulthurst
NYJO Jazz Orchestra Trumpet player

NYJO’s been really good during these difficult times with Coronavirus for remaining firm and continuing musical education despite obvious difficulties. …we’ve had lots of workshops with industry professionals which has been really good for continuing development…


To find out more about NYJO and our work, please get in touch with Mariana at


The National Youth Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1965 and has since been the gateway to the profession for many stars of the UK jazz scene, as well as countless musical theatre and session musicians. Today, besides our three professional ensembles of 18-25-year-olds, we work in in areas of little or no music provision and financial deprivation to create music education progression routes, partnering with local music bodies to build a nationwide family which offers free resources to all who share our passion for music.

The benefits of a music-education, and particular jazz, are widely known, impacting self-expression, team-working, empathy, and creative thinking – important core skills which are the foundation of young people’s lives.

We are determined to provide more access and opportunity to level the playing field in jazz education. As a charity, we count on the support of many individuals and organisations who believe in what we are trying to do. Please join us.


NYJO is a registered charity (no 274578). If you are a UK taxpayer and you make a donation, NYJO can claim back extra money from the government through the Gift Aid scheme. This means that your donation is worth even more to us.


National Youth Jazz Orchestra,
2nd Floor, 5 Vigo Street,

Telephone: 020 7494 1733