NYJC Summer Schools

NYJC’s Summer School is for England’s highly talented 14-18 year old musicians. We welcome players of all styles and traditions who want to extend their improvisation and interactive skills.  We aim to build confidence through playing great tunes, receiving professional guidance and performing a broad range of jazz music .

See the final concert from last year HERE.

Read testimonials from 2016’s summer school HERE.

To read more about NYJC Summer School 2017 click HERE.


Pocklington School 1

Pocklington School courtyard with statue of William Wilberforce and Music Theatre on the right

Our Summer School will go back to Northern England in 2018 – to Pocklington School near York.

It’s been a few years since we ventured north of the Midlands – so as a national charity we’re delighted to occupy this historic school for 10 days.

Pocklington is a semi-residential co-ed school in a quiet market town between York and the Yorkshire coast. It also has the best student snooker tables and lounges we’ve ever seen!

Another change also involves timing of the course.

In recent years the Summer School has often been in August – but next year we are moving to the end of July – to the first two weeks of the school summer holidays:

July 22 – 28: National Summer School

July 28 – 31: Summer Short Course


Inside the spacious, modern Tom Stoppard Theatre

On Saturday 28th July the Closing concert will be in the Tom Stoppard Theatre – a wonderful 300-seater venue on site named after one of the school’s most famous former pupils.

The school also has a lovely smaller music theatre with practice rooms ideal for the one-to-one lessons that take place during our weeks. It stands next to a statue of William Wilberforce – the great reformer, and also former pupil, who was a leading figure in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in the early 19th Century.

So – all in all a great place for history, for art, and now for the future of jazz!

Auditions for the Summer Schools will run from late March to mid-April 2018 in 12 cities around England.