National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Mark Armstrong, Artistic and Music Director
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is Britain’s longest-running ensemble for young people up to 25 playing big-band jazz. Its mission is to perform exceptional music to excite audiences and engage with young people of all backgrounds around the country. In addition to the main performing orchestra, the organisation also operates the weekly NYJO Academy which contains several training bands and a vocal ensemble, and a nationwide series of inspirational workshops and educational events intended to inspire children and young people with a love of music and jazz. The organisation has helped launch the careers of many of the UK’s most-renowned jazz musicians including Amy Winehouse. NYJO celebrated its 50th anniversary throughout 2015 and has just released a special double-album ‘NYJO FIFTY’.
This concert is held at Malcolm Arnold Academy as the culmination of a day working with students from across Northampton. The concert will consist of two 45-minute sets from NYJO, with the Malcolm Arnold Academy Swing Band playing as the audience arrives. There is a licensed bar, and doors open at 6.30 pm.