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National Youth Jazz Orchestra

01/19/2004 14:46:05

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, well-known throughout the world as a glittering show-case for the country's best young musicians, will be making their first appearance at The Great Hall, Lancaster University on Thursday 5th February as part of the Lancaster International Concert Series.

During the orchestra's long history most of the rising generation of jazz musicians have passed through its ranks, often becoming established jazz stars whilst still playing with NYJO. One of NYJO's aims is to share the talents of these exciting young players with as wide an audience as possible.

Most of NYJO's music is written specially for the orchestra by British composers, often past and present members of NYJO. Their repertoire is enormous and covers a wide variety of styles. Designed to be enjoyed by non-jazz audiences as well as jazz aficionados, another of NYJO's aims is to raise the profile of jazz amongst the public at large and to make new converts for jazz in general.

NYJO is recognised as a world-class jazz orchestra, and regularly tops the bill at festivals. As John Dankworth says "Forget the word Youth, this is one of the best bands you will ever hear" and if proof were needed, in July 2002 NYJO was voted Best Big Band for the 4th time in the British Jazz Awards by both the Critics and the general public. Founder and Musical Director Bill Ashton also received the BBC Radio 2 Jazz Award in 1995 for his Services to Jazz.

Under its founding Musical Director, Bill Ashton MBE, the orchestra has performed many hundreds of concerts all over Britain, from Ronnie Scott's, The Barbican, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Usher Hall Edinburgh, The Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, to theatres, clubs and schools. NYJO has also made numerous television and radio programmes, recorded around 40 albums, and visited most European Countries as well as USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Thursday 5th February 2004 at 7.30pm, Directed and presented by Bill Ashton

Box Office 0800 028 3042, Tickets: £12.50, £10 (£10 £7.50 concs.) Young person £5