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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Midsummer Malvern Jazz Concert with Escola de Musica del Palau (Barcelona)

Saturday 29th June 2019 6:30pm–9:00pm

  • WYJO

The Cube Malvern

A joint concert with a youth jazz band from Barcelona

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.

Bands In The Park Bromsgrove 2019

Sunday 7th July 2019 2:30pm–4:30pm

  • WYJO

Sanders Park Bromsgrove

2 x 45 minute sets - 2.30pm to 3.15pm, 3.45pm to 4.30pm. Rhythm section arrive at 1.30pm, rest of band by 2.00pm. Usual uniform - all black (tie provided). In case of bad weather we still have to be able to play up to 3.30pm. Parents bring a deck chair and enjoy the music!

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