The three core strands of NYJO Learning’s work in London are our Under 18s programme, Holiday Projects, and Community Outreach. Through our work in London, we are always looking to support the progression of talented young musicians, alongside supporting less-experienced young musicians to develop new skills and experiment creatively.
Whether you have ambitions to join NYJO’s Emerging Professionals programme or are looking to try out group music-making for the very first time, you can always find opportunities to engage with NYJO Learning’s work!
If you would like to find out more about any of our projects in London, please get in touch at [email protected].
NYJO Under 18s
NYJO Under 18s is a Saturday programme for talented young jazz musicians aged 14-18, offering training, ensemble-playing, performance opportunities and jams to develop your technique and your creativity. And to have fun too! Many of our members have aspirations to one day play with NYJO’s professional ensembles, but we’re here to support your learning and progress no matter what your goals are, or what level of experience you have when you join us.
If you’re interested in joining our NYJO Under 18s programme, then please get in touch at [email protected].
We currently offer the following groups on Saturdays:
… (11:00-13:30) for young musicians to develop their skills in ensemble playing, sight-reading, playing by ear, and improvisation techniques.
… (14:00-16:00) to encourage you to think about Big Band music in new ways; learn more about the tradition & explore new approaches.
… small group projects and performances, masterclasses, vocal tuition, industry talks, and jam sessions.
In our young musicians’ words:
My sight-reading and confidence has improved massively, I’ve also made lots of new friends and am learning so many new songs/techniques.
I feel more confident as everyone supports each other and all of the MDs are so lovely!
I love the people at NYJO. Everyone here is so encouraging and lovely and it makes the experience worthwhile.
Recorded in celebration of International Jazz Day 2023: watch this conversation between NYJO Under 18s’ MD Winston Clifford and two of our young musicians, as they discuss their experience in our Saturday programme.
A look back on when we were called NYJO London Academy: Filmed in December 2021, check out this video of some of our young musicians discussing where their love of music came from and what they hope to achieve in the future.
NYJO Under 18s fees (termly):
- NYJO Under 18s Ensemble: £150
- NYJO Under 18s Band: £125
- NYJO Under 18s Ensemble + Band: £250
Please note that NYJO Under 18s is completely free for any young musician who is in receipt of Free School Meals/any form of benefit/from a low-income background.
In addition to this 25%, 50% and 75% bursaries are available to any young musicians who may otherwise be unable to attend due to financial reasons.
NYJO Learning’s Holiday Projects offer innovative and progressive opportunities for music education, engagement and support. Projects usually take place across 3-5 days and are open to young musicians aged 12-18 of all abilities. Priority is given to young musicians who live or study in the borough of Greenwich, but anyone is welcome to apply.
If you are interested in taking part in our holiday projects, please get in touch at [email protected] to be added to our mailing list.
In 2021-22, NYJO Learning ran three Holiday Projects at our Woolwich Works home, led by featured artists including Jas Kayser, Blue Lab Beats, and FLOetic Lara.
In Summer 2022, a group of young musicians took part in NYJO’s Summer Lab led by Grammy Award-winning producers Blue Lab Beats. Have a listen to the brilliant track they created:
In February 2023, vocalists aged 12-18 from Greenwich and the surrounding areas came together to experiment with new genres, and explore songwriting. Check out the video:
June Half Term
Read about our vocal workshops in June 2023, led by Scarlet Halton and Ranjana Ghatak at our home in Woolwich Works.
We offer a range of opportunities for the community surrounding our home at Woolwich Works, and in the wider London area. These include our community singing group, work in schools, and partner projects with Cardboard Citizens and SoundSkool. Through our community outreach work, we are always aiming to help remove some of the barriers people in our area face when accessing arts and music.
We are guided by all four Arts Council NPO Investment Principles within our work. Our Community Outreach programme embeds the Inclusivity & Relevance Principle in our commitment to achieving greater fairness, access and opportunity in music education. We want to embrace the diversity of our communities and the culture they produce.
NYJO Jazz Messengers
In July 2022, NYJO Learning embarked on a Greenwich Jazz Messengers Schools’ Tour. Through this tour, we aimed to inspire young people to take up an instrument and encourage them to get involved in extra-curricular music-making.
Working in partnership
Partner working is at the heart of NYJO Learning’s programmes. It is a privilege to share knowledge and experiences with other organisations, and to explore ways in which we can support the growth of each other’s learning and outcomes.
Sherard Road Songbirds
We are delighted to be partnering with Age UK Greenwich on our community singing group, Sherard Road Songbirds! The choir will allow adults within our community to make friends and find a sense of belonging through music.
We Out Here
A tuba workshop with Greenwich secondary school pupils, where they experimented and explored with this large brass instrument, ultimately led us all the way to We Out Here Festival!
Join our music making workshops with Greenwich Carers! These sessions are open to all, but anyone with caring responsibilities living locally is especially encouraged to register.