National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School - Apply now!

Published on 17/01/2023

NYJC’s Summer School is for England’s most gifted and talented young jazz musicians aged 14-18. We welcome players of all styles, traditions and instruments who are ready to extend their interactive improvisation and compositional skills – developing your level of ability and confidence through an exciting and eclectic programme of improvised music, supported by inspirational world class guidance.

Summer School

We offer 45 places on the 6-day Summer School to students aged 14 –18.

Summer school students will be selected to play in one of five nine-piece combos guided by 11 of the nation’s leading jazz educators (all internationally renowned performers!).

You’ll also get one-to-one tuition and masterclasses – all designed to develop your ear and broaden your improvisation, composition and spontaneous arranging skills.

At the end of the week all five combos perform a stunning public concert.

Cost: Summer School registration fee is £490*

Summer Short Course

We offer 35 places on the 3-day Summer Short Course to students aged 14 –18.

The Short Course offers a similar experience to applicants demonstrating great talent but needing an extra boost of jazz support to be ready for next year’s NYJC Summer School.

Cost: The Short Course registration fee is £370*.

* Financial help:

We don’t want anyone to miss out because they cannot afford the fees. So NYJC offers means-tested bursaries for those needing financial help which can include covering the full costs of the course enrolment fee and transport costs to our free auditions and summer school or short course.

All summer school/summer short course students are chosen via our audition process which is free to everyone.

NYJC’s 15-day national audition tour will take place 18 March – 29 April 2023.

2023’s Summer School will be held at Benenden School in Kent.

13-19 August 2023 
Summer School

17-20 August 2023
Summer Short Course

Apply here