NYJC join the National Jazz Archive to celebrate jazz’s inter-generational appeal – Southend 27th Feb

alex-ridoutThe only way is Essex for the Ridout’s family band – supported by local NYJC players – next week. Come along – it’s free!

As part of the Archive’s HLF Inter-generational Jazz Reminiscence project the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2016, Alexandra Ridout, is at Southend Jazz Club on Monday 27 February.

There will be displays of archive material from the Project, showing how different generations have invested in and celebrated jazz.

NJA LogoThe National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day.  Find out more about the National Jazz Archive here.

When? 7.30 pm 27th Feb 2017 Where?? EKCO Social and Sports Club, Thornford Gardens Southend-On-Sea Essex SS2 6PU Cost?? Nothing!

NYJC wins 2017 Best Musical Initiative Award!

Andy & Issie with Music Teacher Award 2017To our delight NYJC’s 10 years of  service to young jazz players has just received the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence!

On one of those fancy bow tie evenings in a ‘glittering’ Mayfair Hotel our Founder and Artistic Director Issie Barratt and Executive Director Andy Thornton stepped up to receive the “Best Musical Initiative” accolade from Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor.

We are particularly pleased that our work has made sure that education for jazz is on the map as a unique way of developing musicality. Amongst an incredible array of very worthy musical projects, mostly teaching classical or light music, it was wonderful to be singled out for carrying a torch for jazz and ‘supporting students to progress along a well conceived pathway from entry-level to professional musicians’, as the judges noted.

We’d like to pay particular credit to the wonderful tutors who deliver much of our work, making sure that it is of the highest quality, and also to the many partners that we’ve had over the years: enabling us to reach across the country and to special audiences. From a tiny core of regular staff we are making really good things happen – we hope you agree!

Dee Byrne is moving on… sad but true…

Dee Byrne, our fabulous virtuoso sax playing Programme Manager, is moving on from NYJC in the new year 2017.

dee-flowersDee – known to many as ‘the one who makes it all happen’ – has been with us nearly three years now but before that was one of NYJC’s Ambassadors (post-graduate jazz musicians who learn the ropes in jazz education NYJC style). She has managed to spin the plates at NYJC whilst running her own record label and gigging band Entropi – ‘no mean feat’ we hear you say. Beloved of our young Summer School musicians and tutors alike (here she is receiving the flowers at 2016’s final concert) we have to let her go… but not before recording a huge vote of thanks from all involved with NYJC, more of which will likely follow in February when she finally clears off,  becoming too famous to ever talk to us again.

Thanks Dee – you’re a gem!!

If you know anyone who would love to come and work with us in a very similar way – please have a look here and Pass it On!!



View our 2016 Summer School jazz seminar now!

Every year our Summer School features amazing national and international tutors – outstanding jazz players and composers in their own right.

Just before the final concert they answer questions from students – offering an incredible breadth of knowledge and experience. This was recorded so that as many as possible benefit from it.

Check out our video of the event here. jumoke-and-dave-at-seminar

Hosted by Jumoke Fashola and featuring our President, Dave Holland and  Founding Artistic Director Issie Barrett you can hear advice on developing musicianship to professional standards and becoming a performing jazz musician in the UK today.

The full cast you ask?? OK: all-participants-seminar

Student: Alex Ridout


  • Jeremy Price
  • Percy Pursglove
  • Dominic Ashworth
  • Gareth Lockrane
  • Mark Mondesir
  • Cleveland Watkiss
  • Laura Jurd
  • Mark Lockheart
  • Liam Noble
  • Christine Jensen

Alumni: Alex Lockheart

Ambassador: Ben Lee

We hope you enjoy it!

NYJC ensembles to play two London festivals in September

NYJC combo KP 2016

Following a sensational week at Summer School 2016 two of NYJC’s combos are going to take part in London based festivals: The Kings Place and Thames Festival.

Liam Noble and Christine Jensen’s nine-piece will appear on Saturday, 10 September 2016 – 2:00pm / Box Office Stage at Kings Place (click for full details)

The flollowing week Dominic Ashworth and Mark Lockheart’s ensemble with take the stage at the Totally Thames festival, at 1 pm St Katherine Docks on Friday 16th September.

Group 4 for thames

Both gigs are fabulous and free – a chance for our combos to gain experience and show the world just how great young players can be!


Ambassadors trainee teachers scheme 2015-16

NYJC’s Ambassadors Scheme 2015-2016

National Youth Jazz Collective is currently recruiting up to 12 recent jazz graduates for the Collective’s inspirational Ambassador jazz educators training scheme, offering a year long part-time training programme for young educators, led by the Collective’s team of highly acclaimed professional tutors. NYIC can offer the scheme for free, along with travel bursaries for those based outside of London. Places are offered after a selection process of application form, short interview and completion of a DBS check.

“The Ambassador Scheme offers a true apprenticeship in leading small jazz ensembles”

“ It was an incredibly worthwhile project to be included in straight out of college”

I have always been interested in teaching so it has been great to observe the good practice happening at NYJC”

“The NYJC Ambassadors scheme gave me a brilliant opportunity to not only observe jazz education being delivered by some of the best tutors in the country, but also to gain valuable hands on experience of doing it myself with direct feedback from the lead tutors”

NYJC Ambassadors’ timetable of events 2015-2016
10th November 2015 Interview day
8th December 2015 10am – 4pm Development day 1 – Introductory seminars with homework set for 13th December 2015
13th December 20159.30am – 6pm Kings Place Workshop day – observing and streaming the new intake of young musicians into 3 bespoke groups – beginner, intermediate and advanced – and observing /supporting NYJC tutors. Homework set for January 2016.
19th January 2016 10am – 4pm Development day 2 – Preparation for Kings Place workshop day – Step by step task analysis and generation of effective lesson plans (Modeled on NYJC’s practices of teaching improvised music and focusing on NYJC’s graded repertoire and musical activities specifically designed to suit each group’s level of ability).
31st January 2016 9.30am – 6pm Kings Place Workshop day – Co-leading the warm up session, supporting main tutors and solo teaching of peers. Homework set for 8th March 2016.
8th March 2016 10am – 4pm Development day 3 – Preparation for Kings Place workshop day with homework set for 20th March 2016.
20th March 20169.30am – 6pm Kings Place Workshop day – Co-leading warm up, support teaching and leading an observed solo teaching task delivered to young musicians. Homework set on 26th April 2016.
26th April 201610am – 4pm Development day 4 – Preparation for Kings Place workshop day and Professional Development Sessions for Music Service Inset Day. Homework set for 15th May
15th May 20169.30am – 6pm Kings Place Workshop day – Co-leading warm up, support teaching and leading a whole (observed) group session solo. Homework set for 31st May 2015
31st May 201510am – 4pm Development day 5 – Preparation for Kings Place workshop day and Professional Development Sessions for Music Service Inset Days. Homework set for 19th June
199h June 2016 9.30am – 6pm Kings Place Workshop day – Co-leading warm up, support teaching and leading 2 sessions (rhythm section workshop and combo rehearsal). HW set for 28th June
28th June 201610am – 4pm Development day 6 – Preparation for July’s International Festival of Music for Youth (including homework for 8th July 2016).
8th July 201611am – 9.30pm  National Festival of Music for Youth – Birmingham Symphony Hall – co-leading small group improvisation workshops comprising young musicians that are performing at the Festival supported by an NYJC tutor.

“Observing the experienced teachers up close also gave me a feel for both the materials and structures NYJC uses, and equally importantly, the considered approaches needed for working with a group of diverse young people”

“The scheme has equipped me with the tools to be able to effectively lead ensembles”

“The skills and confidence that I picked up will continue to inform my educational work well into the future”

I’m so pleased to be involved with NYJC – it’s a great privilege to have been asked” 

For an application form please write to issie@nyjc.co.uk marked “Ambassadors scheme 2015-16”

Application closing date is 5pm Friday 16th October 2015

Short Course final concert 4pm TODAY at Uppingham Theatre!

We’ve had a brilliant three days here at Uppingham School on the NYJC Summer Short Course working with 27 talented young musicians under the expert guidance of Artistic Director Issie Barratt and tutors Mick Foster, Laura Jurd, James Opstad and John Hirst.

Today the Short Course final concert will take place from 4-5pm in the fantastic Uppingham Theatre 32 Stockerston Rd, Uppingham LE15 9UD. The concert is free entry.

Hope to see you there!

NYJC SEEKS FREELANCE FUNDRAISER – 5 months fixed term contract


 Fixed Term contract: 5 months (November 2014 – April 2015)

Fee: £9000 (30 days @ £300)

Greenwich, London (can work some days from home)


Closing date:            (5.00pm) 24th October 2014­

Short-listing:                        28th October 2014

Interviews:               5th November 2014


National Youth Jazz Collective (NYJC) is a young and vibrant National Youth Music Organisation (founded in 2007) specialising in small group jazz improvisation. Its mission is to support the creative and educational needs of the nation’s young jazz musicians through a coherent and inspirational pathway of streamed study, from first access to young professionals, progressing from NYJC’s national network of regional jazz hubs through to the highly competitive annual National Youth Jazz Summer School and annual programme of post summer school performance opportunities (which include national level stages in festivals and world-class performance platforms such as London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican and Symphony Hall, Birmingham) all supported by bespoke programmes of Continuing Professional Development designed to support the needs of the young jazz musicians’ teachers and music leaders.


NYJC is looking for an experienced fundraiser with a proven track record to support NYJC’s funding strategy during the transitional months of November 2014 to April 2015 – During which time NYJC will be undergoing an organizational review in preparation for NYJC’s elevated status to one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations (1st April 2015).

The fundraiser at National Youth Jazz Collective will be engaged on a freelance contract. NYJC is open to negotiation regarding the working arrangements. The successful candidates will be expected to be available to attend all internal and client/donor meetings.


  • To support and manage current relationships with funders
  • To oversee outcomes of recent applications for summer school funding
  • To research additional funders for specific project based work including summer school bursaries, online teaching resources, the ambassadors trainee teachers scheme and NYJC’s gender research project in partnership with IOE
  • Manage the progress of all applications by using NYJC’s Grant Application Log
  • Generate a substantial level of income to fund NYJC’s activities through a systematic 
programme of grant applications
  • Contribute to the further development of the organisation’s strategic plan
  • Support the key elements of NYJC’s business plan & development strategy



National Youth Jazz Collective recently acquired NPO status and has strong long-term relationship with Arts Council England, Youth Music and a number of trusts and foundations. It has also established a Development Board to help generate income and revenues through building and managing relationships with individual donors, corporate sponsors and music industry 
endorsements. The Development board includes NYJC’s recently appointed chair (with a strong track record of commercial, corporate and private sponsorship) and the founding Director of The Hub, whose contribution as a Trustee has been key to the development of NYJC’s fundraising strategy and understanding of income diversification.


NYJC is based in Borough Hall, Royal Hill, Greenwich and has a small part-time management team, comprising Founding CEO/Artistic Director Project Manager, Finance Manager, Curriculum Manager, Website Manager and on-line resources producer.

The Fundraiser will report directly to the CEO/Artistic Director and work in close collaboration with the project and finance managers and executive committee.



1. Strategy and planning

  • Identify trusts, grants and lottery opportunities to increase income and support key projects and initiatives.
  • Lead on the coordination and/or drafting of applications to these funders – working collaboratively with NYJC colleagues to deliver these.
  • Co-ordinate management, board and other colleagues’ input into bids being managed. Support the CEO to draft and submit timely and informative reports to funders and manage the overall timeline for reporting.
  • Work in collaboration with CEO and Board to ensure systems for monitoring progress towards achieving fundraising KPIs and ROIs.

2. Relationships and expertise

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with funders
  • Work effectively with NYJC colleagues to ensure active engagement with organisational fundraising.
  • Represent NYJC externally, promoting NYJC’s work and developing productive relationships with external stakeholders.

3. Organisational responsibilities

  • Support NYJC’s mission to support the nation’s young jazz musicians aged 8-18
  • Contribute to efficient management of NYJC by implementing processes and systems that contribute to achieving the charity’s aims.
  • Support an open management style, communicating management information well and encouraging staff to contribute to shaping the organisation.
  • Actively contribute to organisational cohesion, encouraging team working and a problem solving approach
  • To maintain awareness and ensure compliance with corporate policies, including 
safeguarding, confidentiality, health and safety and data protection.
  • To champion and promote equal opportunities and diversity in your area of NYJC’s work.


The successful candidate will demonstrate the following key competencies/qualities:

  • Experience of working in the arts with young people and/or a strong working awareness of the music education sector and will have the capacity to conceive and communicate innovative ideas intended to maximise the impact of the business development and fundraising plan, communicating those ideas clearly and effectively
  • Experience in generating revenue from trusts and foundations essential.
  • Experience in generating revenue from the private sector desirable
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Good level IT skills; managing budgets, problem-solving approach; risk management and ability to foresee and trouble shoot issues


Fixed Term contract: 5 months (November 2014 – April 2015).


The fee for this work is £9000 (30 days @ £300) and must be inclusive of VAT. The fee includes all expenses (travel, accommodation, subsistence). The offer will be made on a self-employed basis.


This is a fixed term freelance position and will be offered under an independent contractual arrangement. The fee is specifically underwritten by NYJC”s Arts Council England and Department of Education’s joint NYMO grant. It is anticipated that the consultant will be able to work with a level of flexibility in order to provide coverage for the organization.


In all dealings with staff, participants or freelance personnel, the National Youth Jazz Collective strives to comply with the policies laid down by the Equal Opportunities legislation. The aim of this policy is to ensure that no job applicant, employee or participant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of racial origin, physical disability, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and political or religious beliefs. Individuals are selected and are treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are required to comply with and actively promote the organisation’s policies and procedures.


Please send your application via email including the words Freelance Fundraiser in the subject header and include all of the following:

  • A letter of application
  • Your Current CV
  • The names of at least two professional referees

All applications are to be submitted via email and sent to Issie Barratt, NYJC”s Founding CEO and Artistic Director on issie@nyjc.co.uk by 5pm 24th October 2014.

We look forward to receiving your application.

NYJC welcomes Richard Wheatly (Jazz FM, Love Supreme Festival and BIMM) as NYJC’s new Chair of Trustees


National Youth Jazz Collective is delighted to welcome Richard Wheatly as NYJC’s new Chair of Trustees.

“I’m delighted to be asked to become Chair of the National Youth Jazz Collective,” says Richard.

“It’s a wonderful organisation that plays an important role in finding and inspiring the jazz talent of tomorrow. I think they have done a terrific job developing a strong regional network which organises workshops master-classes and gigs, giving young musicians access to the kind of jazz opportunities that they have never had access to before.

I’m looking forward to working with NYJC’’s founding Artistic Director and CEO, Issie Barratt. She has been a visionary in the field of jazz for the young and has achieved almost the unachievable. I hope I can help her realise the ambitious plans that she and Martin Kemp, the retiring Chair, have developed for the organisation”

National Youth Jazz Collective’s founding Artistic Director and CEO Issie Barratt says:

“I’m thrilled that Richard is going to be chair of NYJC’s Board of Trustees – I knew from the first moment we talked about the role that Richard was the man for the job! His deep love and understanding of the music, strong desire to make the music more accessible and his immense entrepreneurial expertise – as Chair of Jazz FM and Director of both the Love Supreme Festival and BIMM music colleges – compliment the collective’s mission and future ambitions beautifully.

Is definitely a partnership of kindred spirits whose collective skills and desire to celebrate the music and support the nation’s future generations of young jazz musicians are destined to increase NYJC’s impact and reach. I know everyone at NYJC is thoroughly excited about working with Richard, as we embark on our journey as one of Arts Council England’s newest National Portfolio Organisations (April 2015). We’re going to make a wonderful team!”