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We nurture emerging professionals

We curate exciting performance projects for an eclectic mix of emerging professional musicians and audiences, underpinned by an inspiring professional development programme.

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

We engage younger musicians

Our Learning team are driven to create high quality, accessible learning activities for all, providing young people with impactful tools for personal growth.

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

We build communities

We are passionate about responding to and representing our communities, both locally and nationally, in physical and digital spaces.

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

Our team

Susie York Skinner

Susie
York Skinner

Chief Executive

Susie leads NYJO and the team.

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Mariana Curado

Mariana
Curado

Communications Manager

Mariana leads NYJO's communications.

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George Gatehouse

George
Gatehouse

Ensembles Manager

George looks after NYJO's Emerging Professional musicians.

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Liam Gesoff

Liam
Gesoff

Development & Communications Coordinator

Liam supports our fundraising and communications.

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Case studies

NYJO Stories: Jennie Beard

NYJO Stories: Jennie Beard

After coming close to giving up music altogether, Jennie joined the NYJO Under 18s programme in 2021, which had a transformative impact in her life. Read about Jennie's NYJO story. Tell me more

NYJO Stories: Olivia Murphy

NYJO Stories: Olivia Murphy

Having first joined NYJO as an under 18 musician attending our Saturday sessions, Olivia now leads her own Saturday group at Woolwich Works. Read all about her NYJO journey to get there! Tell me 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