Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra

WYJO have performed at an impressive number of events and venues around the region including the Pershore and Upton jazz festivals, Huntingdon Hall, The Swan, the No.8 and Artrix theatres, Caldwell Castle, Himley Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and big band weekends in Hayling Island and Weston-Super-Mare. WYJO2 was started in 2008 to feed the main WYJO, and continues to go from strength to strength.

Averaging 10 public performances a year throughout the county and further afield, the band has performed with Bruce Adams, Alan Barnes, Georgina Jackson, Enrico Tomasso, Percy Pursglove, John Ruddick MBE, Trevor Emney, Pete Long, Mark Nightingale, and Julian Siegel.

2009 saw WYJO touring abroad for the first time, playing 5 gigs in 4 days in Holland, Germany and Belgium. This successful tour led to the band recording the soundtrack for an episode of the Dutch children’s TV show “Dip & Dap”, and prompted the recording of the long awaited first WYJO CD, “The Horn Ultimatum”, released in 2010. WYJO toured abroad again in 2014 visiting Holland, Germany and Belgium, which included performances at Maastricht’s famous Vrijthof Square and the National Liberation Museum of Holland. WYJO’s second CD, “The Horn Legacy” was released in 2015.


John Hellings
‘Jazz With John Hellings’, Sundays 8-10pm on BBC Hereford & Worcester, BBC Radio Stoke, BBC Radio Shropshire and the iPlayer

Over the years I’ve been acquainted with the Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra, which must now be ten plus, I have seen WYJO encourage and nurture the musical education of a number of young people. Some have pursued a career in the music business, while others have enjoyed their music as an add-on to a busy career in some other field. What WYJO has done though in every case is given youngsters a confidence that they might not have had. Membership has given those young people the confidence to appear in public, rub shoulders with music professionals and also hone their ability to put in the necessary hard work to achieve a rather special skill. WYJO and Ian Hattersley should be proud of their achievements over the years and for maintaining an excellent and entertaining group of musicians who have the ability to play to a very high standard.

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Next Rehearsal

Tuesday 26th March

  • WYJO 2 6:00pm–7:30pm
  • WYJO 7:30pm–9:45pm

Please arrive in good time to start the rehearsal promptly, and bring a music stand! If you cannot make a rehearsal, please let a member of the WYJO team know.

Tuesday 2nd April

  • WYJO 2 6:00pm–7:30pm
  • WYJO 7:30pm–9:45pm

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Easter Concert

Tuesday 9th April 2019 7:30pm–9:45pm

  • WYJO
  • WYJO 2

Fernhill Heath War Memorial Hall Worcester

WYJO2 perform at 7.30pm, WYJO are on at 8.15pm. Rhythm section please arrive at 6.30pm, rest of band at 7.00pm. Don’t forget to bring a raffle prize!

Severn Arts Festival of Music

Saturday 18th May 2019 4:00pm–6:00pm

  • WYJO
  • WYJO 2

University of Worcester Arena Worcester

Young people will be performing an exciting range of music, showcasing the range of ensembles in Severn Arts.

Upton Jazz Festival

Sunday 30th June 2019 10:30am–7:00pm

  • WYJO
  • WYJO 2

Best Of Young Jazz marquee Upton-Upon-Severn

A four day celebration of the Jazz, Swing and Blues music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s; music which grew out of the streets and clubs of New Orleans, New York, Chicago and Kansas City. WYJO2 will be able to take part in a fantastic jazz improvisation workshop with two great jazz musicians, and will be performing early afternoon. WYJO will close the BOYJ programme in the early evening.

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