NYJO Under 18s | Royal Arsenal Riverside Summer Festival

June 24, 2023
4:25 pm

Our Under 18s will be making an appearance at the annual summer party at Woolwich Works with a free, half-hour performance, complete with deck chairs and a pop-up cocktail bar.


NYJO U18s Band

Led by NYJO Educator Olivia Murphy, the NYJO Under 18s Band will be playing some classic and new big band tunes, including exciting repertoire by female composers and Olivia’s own arrangements! The group of young musicians, aged 14-18, gets together every Saturday at Woolwich Works. They focus on ensemble playing and exploring new creative approaches to working within the Big Band format.


Olivia Murphy

Olivia is a multi-award-winning composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist. After studying jazz saxophone at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Olivia focused on composition – writing, arranging, and conducting for ensembles such as NYJO and her own 21-piece jazz orchestra. She has been working as a NYJO Educator for the last couple of years, leading education projects up and down the country.

Event details

Event date:
June 24, 2023

Event time:
4:25 pm

Royal Arsenal Riverside Summer Festival

Woolwich Works Courtyard, 11 No. 1 Street, London SE18 6HD

Lucy-Anne (EP quote)

“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 Emerging Professional (Vocals)

Georgia (EP quote)

“It’s hard to just learn this music in the practice room but being immersed in the music at NYJO is a great environment to really push my playing. ” 

Georgia Ayew, NYJO Emerging Professional (Drums)

Sam Eastmond (MD quote)

"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

Jazzwise quote

"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

Lydia (EP quote)

"The past year has been an absolutely incredible experience, pushing me way out of my comfort zone into playing with some of the greatest young jazz players of my generation and getting to call them my colleagues and friends has been beyond inspiring, and also an obscene amount of fun!"

Lydia Cochrane, NYJO Emerging Professional (Saxophone)

Anna (Learning national quote)

"[The NYJO residential in Cumbria] helped me to make friends with other young musicians. I enjoy playing a lot more and I’m quite proud of what I’ve accomplished. I feel more confident now. I have learnt different ways of coming up with solid melodies and also a little bit on harmonies. I think it’s been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had."

Anna, NYJO Learning Widening Access participant

Briony (Learning U18s quote)

"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 Under 18s

Oscar (Learning U18s quote)

"I think I’ve progressed a lot in my piano-playing. NYJO has helped me to flourish and really enjoy it. I’ve really enjoyed being engrossed in a high level of playing and learning things in a hands-on-way. I also like the diversity of perspectives and abilities of all the players and teachers which enables me to try things I might not normally."

Oscar, NYJO Under 18s

Jennie (Learning U18s quote)

"NYJO has got me listening to more jazz and learning more changes. It has also helped with working as a band. I’ve really enjoyed the free jazz, learning by ear, the people, and the atmosphere."

Jennie, NYJO Under 18s

Leah-Anais (Learning U18s quote)

"I love the people at NYJO. Everyone here is so encouraging and lovely and it makes the experience worthwhile. Though I have fun I’m still learning on the way which makes me feel productive too."

Leah-Anais, NYJO Under 18s