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NYJO Learning: Levitation Orchestra half-term project

NYJO Learning: Levitation Orchestra half-term project

This May half-term, NYJO is teaming up with Levitation Orchestra for an immersive 3-day project at Woolwich Works, exploring performance and composition. Read more

Susie York Skinner leaves NYJO as Chief Executive

Susie York Skinner leaves NYJO as Chief Executive

We are sad to announce that NYJO's Chief Executive, Susie York Skinner will be leaving the organisation later this year. Read about her time with NYJO and her new role. Read more

My NYJO Story | Anna Baalbaki

My NYJO Story | Anna Baalbaki

Anna joined NYJO's Under 18s programme in 2021. We have invited her to write about her experience with the group, what jazz means to her, and her plans for the future. Read all about it here! Read more

NYJO Learning: half-term project with Steam Down

NYJO Learning: half-term project with Steam Down

Read all about our brilliant project with Steam Down in February this year, and listen to the amazing original works created by the young musicians during the 3-day workshop. Read more

Community Choir: One year on

Community Choir: One year on

The Sherard Road Songbirds, our community choir ran in partnership with Age UK Greenwich is a place where adults can connect through music. Read all about the project here. Read more

NYJO Learning: Sound Foundations

NYJO Learning: Sound Foundations

We are running a first-access project in partnership with Harris Academy Greenwich and the Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls to give young people an instrument and lessons! Read more

NYJO in Wales: Music for Social Engagement

NYJO in Wales: Music for Social Engagement

The NYJO Learning team is collaborating with three new partners in Wales, looking at how music can be used for social engagement. Read more

NYJO in Leicester: Second Line

NYJO in Leicester: Second Line

Read all about how our New Orleans-style parade project fared at its first outing in Leicester. Read more

NYJO Learning: We Out Here 2023

NYJO Learning: We Out Here 2023

Read all about our tuba workshops in memory of the great Pharaoh Sanders at We Out Here last year and what made them so special. Read more

NYJO Learning: Steam Down half-term project

NYJO Learning: Steam Down half-term project

This February half-term, NYJO is delighted to be teaming up with Steam Down for a very exciting 3-day project happening at Woolwich Works! Read more

Nikki Yeoh & NYJO Present: Speechmik X-Ploration

Nikki Yeoh & NYJO Present: Speechmik X-Ploration

NYJO joins UK Jazz pianist Nikki Yeoh on stage for a special programme where new and reimagined work redefine the boundaries of big band music. See all tour dates here. Read more

NYJO Wintery Picks 2023

NYJO Wintery Picks 2023

We asked NYJO staff, board, and musicians for their favourite seasonal music   In what is now a long-standing tradition, we have created a playlist with the favourite seasonal music of the extended NYJO ... Read more

NYJO Learning: First Time Jazz

NYJO Learning: First Time Jazz

Read all about our first-access Learning project, touring secondary schools in North Lincolnshire and Thurrock. Read more

Andy Grappy joins the NYJO Board

Andy Grappy joins the NYJO Board

Tuba player and inspirational jazz educator Andy Grappy has joined the NYJO Board. Read more about Andy's experience and what he brings to NYJO. Read more

Black Women in Jazz: Samara Joy

Black Women in Jazz: Samara Joy

Read the second of our blog series celebrating Black Women in Jazz, for this year's Black History Month. Words by guest contributor Yewande Adeniran. Read more

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

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