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. 

Proposed dates for WYJO 2020/21 Courses

Course 1 
17/10/20 - 18/10/20 & 21/11/20 - 22/11/20 
Performance: 22/11/20

Course 2 
13/02/21 - 14/02/21 & 13/03/21 - 14/03/21 
Performance: 14/03/21 (TBC)

All WYJO courses will be replaced by virtual projects if WMC is unable to host events due to venue restrictions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Participation Fee

The participation fee is split into two separate parts:

Membership Fee: £75 
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.

WMC is committed to providing opportunities for all to experience the incredible musical and social benefits that can be gained by performing in an ensemble 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, the music education hub for Wiltshire with funding from Arts Council England and Department for Education. 

In addition to this, WYJO Members with a sibling paying a full-priced participation fee for WYJO in this academic year are eligible for a 10% discount.

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)
Trumpet
Electric Guitar
Bass Guitar
Piano
Drums
Percussion
Voice

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 2020/21.

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.