NYJO Learning is partnering with Cumbria Music Service for an exciting Easter weekend jazz residential
In 2023, NYJO is delighted to be partnering with Cumbria Music Service to deliver their first Easter jazz residential! Young musicians will be able to join us for a long weekend at Hawse End Centre, at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley on the shores of Derwentwater. The course will include activities delivered by Cumbria Outdoors experiences leaders, alongside jazz-focused creative group music-making.
Delivered in small groups, young musicians will be able to learn together, support one another and make new friends through high-quality, inclusive workshops. We know that rural isolation can be a major barrier to accessing music-making opportunities in this area, and we hope that this delivery model will enable young people to access group music-making without having to rely so heavily on public transport and lifts from family members and friends.
Sessions will be delivered by NYJO alumna Olivia Murphy. Olivia is a multi-award-winning composer, conductor and multi-instrumentalist based in Southeast London. After studying jazz saxophone at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Olivia has found composition her main focus writing, arranging and conducting for ensembles such as NYJO and her own 21-piece band, the Olivia Murphy Jazz Orchestra.
We know that engaging in music-making activities has educational and social benefits for young people, increasing their aspirations and supporting them to meet like-minded new people. We hope that this approach will help to widen access to these opportunities for young people across Cumbria! 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 by dropping us a message at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.