NYJO in Lancashire: Widening Access

April 14, 2023

In 2022-23, NYJO is delighted to be partnering with Lancashire Music Hub on their Jazz Futures project. This is a creative music ensemble, led by young people and for young people! This talented group of young musicians have come together to develop as an ensemble that will then perform at venues across Lancashire to encourage take-up of instrumental learning for school-age young people across the local area.

Workshops are led by NYJO Educator Joe Browne, supported by students from Leeds Conservatoire. Joe is a musician, composer and workshop leader based in London and studied jazz saxophone at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Aside from being magnificent players, I thought the young people had just the right attitude for the project: open minds, open ears, a keen sense of self expression but also a sensitivity to the collaborative process.

Joe Browne, NYJO Educator


Sessions start with notated sketches of repertoire from Joe, which the young people work on collaboratively to turn into personal arrangements. They are currently working toward a launch celebration on 14 April followed by gigs at local festivals and a Primary schools’ tour in June!

I hope to make more connections with NYJO tutors and alumni, and have the great opportunity to play in schools to inspire the next generation!

Owen, young musician


At NYJO Learning, we are really passionate about improving opportunities for first-access to music-making, encouraging instrumental lesson take-up in schools, and showing that it is never too late to start learning an instrument! If you’d like to find out more about what NYJO is doing to encourage young people to pick up an instrument in our own local area, take a look at our 2022 Greenwich Jazz Messengers Schools Tour!

If you work for a Hub or Music Service and are interesting in getting involved with our Widening Access programme, please get in touch today.

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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