03 May 2017

National Youth Jazz Orchestra / Swaledale Festival live streamed broadcast

It’s Jazz, but not as you know it!

Children across the UK to experience live broadcast from National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Tune in at: http://www.live.ucanplay.org.uk
on Tuesday 6 June 2017
at 11.10am – 12.20pm (inc 10-mins Q&A)

On Tuesday 6 June at 11.10am children across the country will experience a jazz performance like no other: a live show from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) will be broadcast over the internet to UK schools and to British Army bases worldwide.

It will be an unforgettable opportunity to hear – and see! - twenty of the finest young jazz musicians in Britain, directed by trumpeter Mark Armstrong. The performance will be broadcast from Risedale Sports and Community College, with 500 pupils from the College and local primary schools in the audience. 

The broadcast is 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.

Heidi Johnson, director of NYMAZ, the youth music charity helping to present the concert comments:
“ This is hugely significant for us. The National Youth Jazz Orchestra is credited with helping launch the careers of many notable musicians, including Amy Winehouse. All of the musicians are aged 25 or under which makes it particularly special as we are focused on inspiring young people in rural areas and on broadening their horizons. It will be very uplifting for young people to hear their peers play and the orchestra will also be taking questions, so we’re inviting schools to tweet theirs on the day to @NYMAZmusic.”

The broadcast forms part of a major music and visual art project put together for Swaledale Festival (27 May – 10 June 2017) as Malcolm Creese, festival director, explains: “ 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.”

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Tags | Challenging circumstances | Digital | Music projects | Remote music learning | Rural isolation

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