Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra (WYJO) provides young jazz musicians from Wiltshire and the surrounding area with opportunities to perform with like-minded young musicians and leading professionals. Led by experienced local jazz tutor Mike Daniels, the ensemble meets for two residential courses per year at WMC.

As a part of Wiltshire Music Centre's partnership with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain (NYJO), WYJO regularly performs alongside leading young musicians from the group called the NYJO Ambassadors under the leadership of Mark Armstrong, Musical Director of NYJO. In addition to this, WYJO has played alongside a number of leading performers, including Gwilym Simcock, Jason Rebello and Empirical Jazz.

Wiltshire Music Centre is a National Youth Jazz Orchestra Regional Academy and is the host of Wiltshire Jazz Academy, a National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) Regional Academy Partner. 

Watch WYJO's latest recording of Yes, Please by Charlie Bates

Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra - Yes Please (Charlie Bates)

Upcoming Course Dates

WYJO's next course will be taking place in Autumn 2022 (dates to to be confirmed).

Participation Fee

The participation fee is split into two separate parts:

Membership Fee: £75 per Academic Year
Fixed cost to be paid by all WYJO members to cover the general cost of running the ensemble. This fee guarantees participation in any virtual projects delivered due to course cancellations throughout the year. The Membership Fee is non-refundable.

Course Fee: £90 per course 
Fully refundable if WMC cancels any activity in the building.

Reductions and Remissions

WMC is committed to providing opportunities for all to experience the incredible musical and social benefits that can be gained by performing in a jazz orchestra such as WYJO. To ensure that these experiences remain accessible, WMC can offer partial remissions (up to 70%) for Course Fees with the help of funding from Wiltshire Music Connect. 

Sibling WYJO Members are eligible for a 5% reduction on all fees.

Once you have confirmed your place in WYJO and completed the registration form, a member of the Creative Learning team will get in touch if we are able to offer a reduction or remission on your fees. 

How do I join?

WYJO is welcoming applications from young musicians on the following instruments at minimum Grade 6 standard (or equivalent) with an interest in developing as a jazz musician.

Saxophone (Alto/Tenor/Bari)
Trombone (Tenor/Bass)
Electric Guitar
Bass Guitar

Experience in performing in jazz orchestras is desired but not essential. 

For more information about the ensemble and to register an application, please contact creativelearning@wiltshiremusic.org.uk for more information.

Returning WYJO Members / Auditioned New WYJO Members

Click the link below to register for the ensemble for 2022.

Learn more about jazz at Wiltshire Jazz Academy

Want to develop your skills before joining WYJO? Wiltshire Jazz Academy are monthly sessions delivered in partnership with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, open to musicians of all ages and stages. 

Support WMC's Youth Orchestras

Through the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the West of England Youth Orcherstra, WMC has continued to support the development of nearly 100 talented young performers every year through providing unique opportunities to perform with like-minded people and connect with a world of professional performers through performances and virtual projects. 

Help WMC continue to provide these experiences by donating towards the Youth Orchestras using the link below.