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NYJC's brand new Vocal Project comes to South West Music School

For vocalists, instrumentalists & composers aged 14-18 who want to get right inside the music!

Be inspired. Be empowered. Be creative!

This project offers a unique opportunity for all young musicians to grow their key skills to a professional level while working in an incredibly inspirational, welcoming & supportive setting – you’ll absolutely love it.” NYJC’s Executive Artistic Director, Issie Barratt

“There’s something essential about this music!” Vocal Project Musical Director, Pete Churchill

The National Youth Jazz Collective is thrilled to be bringing its brand new vocal project to South West Music School on 19th November 2022

Deepen your ensemble playing, strengthen your musicianship, develop your shared leadership, increase your musical confidence.

See NYJC’s promo video of August 2022’s inaugural summer vocal project to get the flavour of what we do

See NYJC’s full vocal concert comprising 4 ensemble and 12 solo pieces

Who’s Involved?

Meet Our Vocal Project’s Musical Director

Pete Churchill

The inspirational award winning Pete Churchill (London Vocal Project, Pete Churchill trio, Avalon Trio, West End MD of 5 guys named Moe, MD for Mark Murphy, Conductor of Kenny Wheeler Big Band, Professor of Jazz Composition @ Royal Academy of Music, Jazz singing @ Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles & Kodaly Summer School @ University of Queensland, Brisbane; Parliamentary Jazz Award for Education 2007)


The National Youth Jazz Collective helps young, aspiring Jazz talents to develop their skills, passion and experience as musicians. We offer and support music education to increase the ability of young musicians to play by ear in small groups, to learn, improvise, compose, arrange and lead bands.

Skills Covered

Through singing in NYJC’s vocal ensemble all vocalists, instrumentalists & composers will develop key skills essential to all young professionals.

  • Speed learning & creating repertoire by ear
  • Developing a stronger memory for music and lyrics.
  • Deepening your sense of groove and feel
  • Increasing your understanding of form
  • Strengthening your rhythmic security by broadening rhythmic awareness & interaction within an improvising environment.
  • Expanding your understanding of jazz harmony, composition, arranging & musical direction.
  • Honing your phrasing, paraphrasing, intonation & articulation so you sound stylistically authentic, versatile & strong.

Hear Pete Churchill’s inspiring work with the London Vocal Project (formed in 2008):

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To support NYJC’s commitment in ensuring our work is accessible to all young musicians no matter what their financial background please donate to our CAF bursary account – which historically has helped us offer bursaries to 1/3 of all participants.

To find out more about the work we do at NYJC explore our website.