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National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Founded in 1965, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) (registered charity number 274578) is a charity, whose mission is to promote jazz as an exciting, engaging and inspirational art form through world-class performances and education work. NYJO’s flagship band is the UK’s premier youth (under 26) jazz orchestra, performing around 40 concerts annually – nationally and internationally.

NYJO delivers its Learning & Participation programme alongside its performances around the country, developing progression routes for the next generation of musicians, as well as building new audiences for the art form. We operate with the rallying cry to “level the playing field in jazz education” and currently have over 80 educational partnerships with hubs, schools, HE providers, festivals and venues to help us achieve that goal from Aberystwyth to Skegness and Penrith to Deal. In 2017 NYJO delivered 264 L&P workshops, involving over 7,000 participants.

The primary aims of NYJO are:
• To nurture the skills and experience of the next generation of professional UK jazz musicians through regular rehearsal and performance opportunities, coached by the UK’s top music educators
• To inspire and educate young people ensuring that all young people have a progression path available to help them reach their potential, no matter their background
• To kindle and develop a love of jazz in people of all ages and backgrounds through providing inspirational performances, both nationally and internationally.
• To promote more diverse participation in jazz across geography, gender, socio-economic background and ethnicity by removing barriers to participation, whether financial, geographic or perceptual.

5 Vigo Street
London W1S 3HB
United Kingdom