We nurture emerging professionals

We curate exciting performance projects for an eclectic mix of emerging professional musicians and audiences, underpinned by an inspiring professional development programme.

A Case for Collective Creativity 

Our Creative Producer, Paul Lewis, talks of the importance of developing a national jazz community to nurture and support the next generation of UK jazz musicians.

The Jazz Exchange (NYJX)

 After a run of electric performances, the NYJX joins the legendary Pharoah Sanders, Kokoroko, and The Comet is Coming at the 2022 edition of the We Out Here Festival.

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Monk at Town Hall feat. Tony Kofi

UK Jazz legend Tony Kofi leads a dectet of emerging jazz talent through one of the most seminal live recordings of all time: The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall.

Basie & Beyond!

Blistering solos at break-neck speeds, join Artistic Director, Mark Armstrong, as he leads a NYJO 18-piece through bespoke arrangements of classic American Songbook melodies.

Amy Winehouse: A Final Celebration

NYJO’s Amy Winehouse celebratory tour reaches its end with a final performance in Birmingham on 30 July. Young creative leads Olivia Murphy and Lucy-Anne Daniels talk about the project.

We engage younger musicians

Our Learning team are driven to create high quality, accessible learning activities for all, providing young people with impactful tools for personal growth.

Meeting Points

NYJO’s Learning Coordinator, Beth Ismay talks about our education projects and how they make a difference to the lives of aspiring musicians in both local and national contexts. 

Jazz Messengers

In July 2022, NYJO Learning embarked on a Greenwich Jazz Messengers Schools’ Tour aimed at inspiring young people to take up an instrument and get involved in extra-curricular music-making.

Holiday Projects

In 2021, we were excited to introduce holiday projects to NYJO Learning’s programme of work for the first time, aimed at engaging young people throughout our local community here in South London.

We build communities

We are passionate about responding to and representing our communities, both locally and nationally, in physical and digital spaces.

NYJO Learning @ We Out Here 

We’ll be taking a selection of tubas & euphoniums along to ‘We Out Here’ festival to give a workshop to festival attendees led by NYJX’s Bassist Fergus Quill.

Animate @ SoundSkool

We know that young people across the UK are pushing the boundaries of music-making with dynamic, exciting digital music, but many never get to explore working with live musicians.

Cardiff Songwriting 

In Spring 2022, we were delighted to work with Cardiff and Vale Music Services and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on a songwriting project.

NYJO Stories

Our work is best described by those who benefit from it, and those who deliver it. Read the stories of NYJO musicians, students, staff, and educators. 

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Our team

Susie York Skinner

York Skinner

Chief Executive

Susie leads NYJO and the team.

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Mark Armstrong


Artistic Director

Mark looks after NYJO's music and musicians.

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Mariana Curado


Communications Manager

Mariana works in audience development.

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Debbie Forwood


Head of Development

Debbie leads our fundraising department.

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NYJO Stories

NYJO Stories: Lucy-Anne Daniels

NYJO Stories: Lucy-Anne Daniels

A natural performer, creative improviser and talented musician, Leeds native Lucy-Anne Daniels draws inspiration from singers such as Betty Carter, gospel duo Mary Mary and, most pertinently, Amy Winehouse.   Tell me more

NYJO Stories: Emma Rawicz

NYJO Stories: Emma Rawicz

Growing up in rural North Devon, Emma didn't discover jazz until the age of 15, and didn't pick up a tenor saxophone until a year later, but had spent her childhood otherwise immersed in largely folk and classical music.  Tell me more

Quote 1 (Jazzwise)

"NYJO has never been conformist, never hewing to one particular line, never known for fawning replications and very deliberately these days a vehicle for new possibilities."

Jazzwise Magazine

Quote 2 (Lucy-Anne)

“Since joining NYJO, I’m so much more confident as a performer. Especially in terms of being able to entertain and keep the crowd engaged with you. It’s really nice to be able to feel that difference.” 

Lucy-Anne, NYJO Singer

Quote 3 (Academy)

"I’ve felt very fortunate to be surrounded by amazing musicians, and I think that the environment at NYJO – which has fostered creativity and improvisation – has allowed my confidence and musical ideas to grow."

Briony, NYJO Student

Quote 4 (Emma)

"The JX programme has been hugely helpful to me so far, consistently pushing me to explore new areas of composition, playing and collaborating with others, in many different formats."

Emma Rawicz, NYJO Musician

Quote 5 (Sam)

"Giving them space to create whatever they wanted, without setting parameters of idiom or style helped them to conceptualise how they could bring these new concepts into their work without scaring them off, or mystifying the process."

Sam Eastmond, NYJO Educator (Animate project)