NYJC is 10! Our big Birthday Festival will be on August 12th!


12th August 2017 Kings Place London: NYJC is thrilled to be celebrating its land mark 10th birthday with this spectacular and exuberant All-Day Festival of incredible jazz that’s sure to be remembered for decades to come.

From its  gala performance led by NYJC’s President  Dave Holland & Vice President Julian Joseph (supported by 18 of NYJC’s All Star roster of leading British jazz stars) to NYJC national and local  ensembles of enthusiastic and dedicated young musicians (all keen to share their musical journeys and fulfil their true potential).

Thanks to the inspired curation of NYJC’s award winning Founding Artistic Director, Issie Barratt  and relentless dedication and commitment of NYJC’s incredible young musicians and supporting artists, this festival provides a dual celebration – Toasting NYJC’s 10th Birthday with a diverse and eclectic musical programme that champions a hundred years of British Jazz.

A full day of activities with something for everyone, from morning workshops for young people who have never played jazz, to foyer performances, an exhibition of 100 years of British Jazz, NYJC’s pinnacle end of summer school concert and an All Star Concert in the evening – it’s a one-off-spectacular to warm the heart and thrill the musical mind.

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 All profits go to the work of NYJC – “Keen to inspire another decade of youth jazz”


The auditions are over and offers are out…

auditions are overTeam NYJC have just finished their biggest ever Summer School audition tour, meeting 132 young jazz musicians in 13 cities around England.

We are glad to say that 87 of these were new to us, meaning that our reach and offer has found its way to many more young people. The standard was higher than ever with many students developing their skills greatly with very little support around them. We’re glad we’ve now found each other!

It also meant that a few young people of a standard that would have previously made it onto the courses were disappointed… as were we, because we think they’re brilliant and wish we could take more.

10-in-2017-round45 young players will join this year’s Summer School at the Purcell School in Herts. Thier final performance will be at our 10th Anniversary Concert on 12th August in Kings Place London. Watch this space for how you can be in the audience as it promises to be stunning!

39 have been offered places on our Short Course which will this year have 4 ensembles rather than 3.

All in all a bumper year. We want to thank our partners around the country who helped to conduct the auditions; those who came to meet us and pass on info about what’s happening in their area, and also those who helped to host the auditions. Thanks too to all who passed on the word that our Summer School is a priceless offer for those looking to reach the top in jazz!

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!