15 Jun 2017


Catch up with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra live streamed broadcast

It’s Jazz, but not as you know it!

NYJO gig 1

Children across the UK experienced a live broadcast from National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Watch the broadcast now at: http://www.live.ucanplay.org.uk

On Tuesday 6 June 2017, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra gave a live concert at Risedale Sports and Community College with a twist – along with a capacity audience from the college and local schools, it was also live broadcast over the internet to UK schools and to British Army bases worldwide.

It was a stunning performance – twenty of the finest young jazz musicians from across the UK, directed by trumpeter Mark Armstrong.

The broadcast was part of Connect: Resound, a project led by youth music development charity NYMAZ, to explore how technology can provide more musical opportunities for children and young people living in remote areas. This exciting event has been developed by NYMAZ in collaboration with Swaledale Festival, NYJO, Risedale Sports and Community College, UCan Play and the British Forces Broadcasting Service.

Sarah Cox, Head of Music and Creative Faculty at Risedale said, “We have really enjoyed exploring the genre of jazz with our students and the work they have produced is terrific.”

The broadcast had positive engagement on social media. One tweeter, @kidd_galahad asked, “Do you have a sound engineer that works your mixer etc, because the sound is great even on live feed.” We had plenty of questions come in on Twitter during the Q&A, which were well received by Mark Armstrong.

The broadcast formed part of a major music and visual art project put together for Swaledale Festival (27 May – 10 June 2017) as Malcolm Creese, festival director, explained: “We wanted to give local children the chance to explore this rich and exciting art form. Living in the countryside can limit your exposure to different music genres and we wanted to give pupils an absorbing cultural experience. They have been learning about the history and culture of jazz as well as listening to the music. They’ve also created their own jazz-inspired artwork which is on show at The Station in Richmond and Catterick Library.  Following the performance, we’ll be running jazz music workshops in local schools for those wanting to have a go at playing jazz themselves.

The broadcast will remain online to watch on demand. Click here to watch now!

A teachers’ resource pack for KS2 classroom activities was also issued and can be downloaded from here

Email contact: info@nymaz.org.uk



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