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-three of the finest young jazz musicians in Britain, directed by trumpeter Mark Armstrong.
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 is presented by Swaledale Festival and will be broadcast live from Risedale Sports and Community College, with 500 pupils from the College and local primary schools in the audience. Technology specialists UCan Play and the British Forces Broadcasting Service will be ensuring the broadcast reaches the eyes and ears of children across the world via the internet.
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 has helped 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 broadening the horizons of young people in rural areas. 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 to @NYMAZmusic on the day. Teachers can also download a resource pack with ideas for classroom activities from www.nymaz.org.uk/connectresound.”
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 so we were keen to create an absorbing cultural experience. Pupils from Risedale and seven neighbouring primary schools 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, thanks to support from NYMAZ, we’ll be running jazz music workshops in local schools, led by the Richmond Jam project, for those wanting to have a go at playing jazz themselves.”