If you think you’d enjoy our Summer School—we want to meet you!

Every year we take to the road and hear hundreds of players. All kinds of instruments from all kinds of backgrounds. Not just saxophones and double basses (though we love them!) – we’re ready for any instrument… sitars, violins, bassoons, and on and on. And singers too of course.

We also like jazz with many flavours; from rock and rap to classical, World Music fusion and funk. Jazz is in the spirit of the music. The way you make it.

And let’s be clear – you don’t need to have passed any grades on your instrument. We want to hear if it’s your thing.

It costs nothing to come and our top Artistic Director Issie Barratt is very encouraging! So you’ve got nothing to lose and it will be a great experience!

Check out our video to see what’s involved! 

More details about the audition process

But if you’re ready to go –  book your audition now!


Simply click on the audition location/date below. It will redirect you to an online application form that lets you choose a time slot that suits you. Get in quick to book your preference!


NYJC Audition Tour 2019 locations and dates (click on your chosen date and city to register for your audition!):

30th March: London, The Premises Studios (East London)

31st March: London, Royal Academy of Music (Central London)

6th April: London, The Premises Studios (East London)

8th April: Southampton, The Mountbatten School, Romsey

9th April: Oxford, Oxford University Music Faculty

10th April: Newcastle, The Lit & Phil

11th April:  Leeds, University of Leeds

12th April: Manchester, The Claremont Centre, Trafford Music Service

14th April: London Royal Academy of Music (Central London)  

15th April: Cambridge, West Road Concert Hall

16th April: Birmingham, University of Birmingham

17th April: Bristol, Bristol Grammar School

18th April: Exeter, Exeter School

Due to low uptake in Cumbria and Cornwall in recent years we are paying travel fees for students  from those counties to get to their nearest venue. Don’t let that stop you from applying!!


Students auditioning with non-Western instruments (eg Tabla, Sitar) will have some different elements in their auditions.