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 .

The final concert from the week can now be seen at the foot of this page! Scroll down and enjoy every minute from the 5 bands plus the seminar that preceded the concert.

You can also watch this in its own Playlist on our You Tube Channel.

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 was in Pocklington School near York.

in the first two weeks of the school summer holidays:

July 22 – 28: National Summer School

July 28 – 31: Summer Short Course

July 28 – 31: 4-piece intensive course for Summer School standard rhythm section players (new this year!)




Inside the spacious, modern Tom Stoppard Theatre


The Closing concert was on Saturday 28th July  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.


SET 1:

Tutors: Tori Freestone and Mark Hodgson

Archie    Tulk    Alto Sax
Charles    Bellini    Tenor Sax
Colleen    Sheridan    Tenor Sax
Leo    Morland    Guitar
Lester    Ridout    Drums
Matthew    Lambert    Alto and Tenor Sax
Menelik    Claffey    Bass
Samuel    Wilson    Alto and Soprano Sax

Guest Artist: Kousic Sen – tablas


SET 2:

Tutors: Tom Hewson, Jeremy Price and Shirley Smart

Cubby Howard Cello
David Whyatt Sax Alto
Joe Bainbridge Drums -Kit
Jonjo Kunz Loncq Bass – Electric
Matthew Foulds Trumpet
Morgan Wallace Sax Alto
Nathan Walemba Piano – acoustic
Samuel Chamberlain-Keen Trombone
Torin Davies Guitar

Guest Artist: Kousic Sen – tablas

SET 3:

Tutors: Norma Winstone and Jim Hart

Dan Lockheart Tenor Sax
Emile Hinton Piano
Fenella Gent Voice
Harrison Dolphin Guitar
Joseph Oti-Akenteng Trumpet
Lucy Clarke Bass
Madeleine Coombs Tenor, Alto and Soprano Sax
Ruben Ross Tenor Sax
Stanley Wickham Drums


SET 4:

Tutors: Laura Jurd and Jason Yarde

Billy Hohnen-Ford Piano
Dillon Harrison Drums
Emma Rawicz-Szczerbo Tenor Sax
Harry Mercer Guitar
Joe Hayes Tenor Sax
Louis McPherson Alto Sax
Marty Gionis Trombone
Reuben Reed Sanderson Bass
Vincent Curson Smith Trumpet

Guest Artist: Kousic Sen – tablas

SET 5:

Tutors: Chris Montague and Rowland Sutherland

Alex Kingston Alto Sax
Alexandra Clarke Flute, Alto and Tenor Sax
Harvey Tongs Trombone
Jakob Terry Drums
James Wade-Sired Trombone
Miles Lavelle Golding Piano
Sam Cleary Guitar
Toby Yapp Bass
Will Rees-Jones Tenor Sax

Guest Artist: Kousic Sen – tablas

Seminar: “Good Practice for Young Jazz Musicians” – held in the Tom Stoppard Theatre before the concert