Review

John Hellings

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.

John Hellings
‘Jazz With John Hellings’, Sundays 8-10pm on BBC Hereford & Worcester, BBC Radio Stoke, BBC Radio Shropshire and the iPlayer
September 2018