Jazz Services has received the following press release about auditions for NYJO. This is an unbeatable opportunity for any budding young jazz musician to get involved with the foremost youth jazz group in the country - one that has produced and nutured some of our greatest players and continues to provide a showcase for the enormous pool of talent in our younger jazz scene. See below for full details.
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is very pleased to announce that it is recruiting for members for 2013. Whilst NYJO is proud of its tradition of holding open rehearsals to which anyone can attend and have a blow, the membership of the elite (though not elitist!) gigging band is by selection. For the second year running, NYJO is inviting young musicians under the age of 25 with experience of big band jazz to apply for a chair in the band. Auditions will be held in Manchester and London in early January 2013 and successful applicants would normally hold that position in the band for at least one year.
You will work with MD Mark Armstrong on some great music and give inspiring concerts (2012 highlights include a televised concert at the BBC Proms and London and Scarborough Jazz Festivals as well as recording a critically-acclaimed new CD). You will be part of a band with a fantastic legacy of musicians, many of whom are now the top jazz and commercial musicians in the UK. NYJO will help give you the training and skills for the world of professional music-making, if this is the path you choose. You will be playing a wide variety of music, from an exploration of great big band charts through the ages, through commissions by notable jazz artists, to music written by recent and current band members - that means you! We will be working with leading UK jazz musicians and also taking the music to a younger generation through school concerts and workshops. In return you will need to be enthusiastic and committed to what NYJO is going – and feel confident to promote the work of the band and your role within it.
HOW TO AUDITION
The audition process will take place in January 2013 with auditions at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester on the 5 January and at the London Centre of Contemporary Music in London on the 12 January.
The auditions are open to all musicians aged 24 and younger who play instruments in the NYJO line-up. However, NYJO recognises that this may not be appropriate for more experienced musicians (from approx. 20-24 years old). For these players an alternative selection process can alternatively apply – see below.
To apply for an audition, please visit www.nyjo.org.uk/join-nyjo to download an application form.
Successful applicants will be invited to audition and will be required to perform 2 contrasting pieces of their choice with a professional rhythm section provided by NYJO along with a piece of sight reading chosen by NYJO.
We recognise that auditioning is not always part of standard practice in professional jazz and big band performance. Often new members are recruited to bands on their performance in rehearsals and as deputies on gigs. Therefore, for more experienced players we will continue to allow selection through the following route:
- REGULAR attendance at our weekly workshop rehearsals
- Depping in NYJO concerts, normally our monthly Sunday afternoon concert
- Recommendation by an educational institution or local youth jazz orchestra or organisation