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Cambridgeshire Youth Jazz Orchestra


Cambridge International Jazz Festival have teamed up with Cambridgeshire Music and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) to form Cambridgeshire Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO).

Summary of Workshop/Performances in 2019

(with more details below):

Course 1: Jazz & Brass in the Parks (June 22-23)

Course 2: We Out Here Festival (August 17-18)

Course 3: Cambridge Jazz Festival (November 23-24)

Course 4: Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights (Nov 30-Dec 1)


Cambridgeshire Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO) Weekend Course
Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd June
10 – 4 each day

Anglia Ruskin University and final performance at Jazz and Brass at the Park (Jesus Green)

CYJO course 1: The Essence of Swing - All abilities welcome!

Musicians will be split into CYJO main band and CYJO feeder band depending on experience. These bands will work separately and together under the guidance of Josh Kemp (wind) and Vij Prakash (brass) to explore jazz and improvised ensemble music through swing and groove music.

This project will culminate in CYJO’s first public performance and the Jazz and Brass in the Park series (Cambridge Live) on Jesus Green.


Cambridgeshire Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO) Festival Weekender

Sat 17th – Sun 18th August
Sat: 10 – 4
Sun: Festival Performance at We Out Here Festival (Abbots Ripton)


CYJO course 2: We Out Here Festival Weekender
CYJO members will have the incredible opportunity to perform at and attend the UK’s most exciting

new jazz festivals – We Out Here Festival.

There will be a full day of rehearsing on the Saturday in Cambridge and then the performance at the festival on the Sunday. All students will receive free tickets to experience the festival on the day of their performance and there will be discounted tickets available for parents to join them.


CYJO course 3: Cambridge Jazz Festival Weekender

Sat Nov 23 - Sun Nov 24th 2019, Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University

CYJO members will have the opportunity to perform at and attend the Cambridge Jazz Festival in November 2019.  The tutors for the workshops will be Tom Cawley (Sat Nov 23) and Scott Stroman (Professor in the Jazz Department at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; Sun Nov 24).


CYJO course 4: Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights

Sat Nov 30th - Sun Dec 1st 2019

Rehearsal and workshop will take place on Saturday Nov 3th at ARU and the performance on Sunday Dec 1st at 4:30pm at Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights.



Vij Prakash (The Brass Funkeys) - Brass

Sam Miles (Patchwork Jazz Orchestra) - Woodwind

Phil Stevenson (Fofoulah) - Guitar/Bass

Joshua Blackmore (Bill Laurance, Strobes, Troyka - Drums/Percussion

For further information and to apply please fill in the contact form.

Please provide as much of this information as possible: Name, instrument, experience, area you will be travelling from.

Due to the current climate we have had to cancel this year's summer school but please see our online jazz courses for continued jazz education through the summer!

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