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 2020 locations and dates (click on your chosen date and city to register for your audition!):

21st March: London, The Premises Studios (East London)

28th March: London, The Premises Studios (East London)

29th March: London, Royal Academy of Music (Central London)

4th April: Bristol, Bristol Grammar School

5th April: Exeter, Exeter School

6th April: Birmingham, University of Birmingham

7th April:  Manchester, The Claremont Centre, Trafford Music Service

8th April: Newcastle, Lit & Phil

9th April: Leeds, University of Leeds  

14th April: Southampton, TBC 

15th April: Oxford, University of Oxford, Music Faculty

16th April: London, Royal Academy of Music (Central London)

17th April: Cambridge, University of Cambridge

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.