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.


Review

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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Rehearsals

Next Rehearsal

Tuesday 25th September

  • 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 October

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

Tuesday 9th October

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

Tuesday 16th October

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

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Gigs

Christmas Concert

Tuesday 18th December 2018 7:30pm–9:45pm

  • WYJO
  • WYJO 2

Fernhill Heath War Memorial Hall Worcester

Rhythm section please arrive at 6.30pm, rest of band at 7.00pm. Come and enjoy a festive evening of jazz tunes, and don’t forget to bring a prize for the raffle! Entry is £5 on the door.

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!

Special Guest

Sunday 5th May 2019 7:00pm–9:15pm

  • WYJO
  • WYJO 2

Artrix Theatre Bromsgrove

Tonight, WYJO and WYJO2 welcome a special guest to perform with them on stage. Guest player TBC.

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Records

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Gallery