National Youth Jazz Orchestra

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Also known as the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, NYJO is a registered charity dedicated to making jazz and creative music-making more accessible to early-career musicians, young people, and audiences across the UK. The organisation offers professional development, performance, and networking opportunities to emerging professionals aged 18-25 looking to further their career playing jazz and adjacent genres. Throughout its activity, NYJO seeks to create a meeting-ground between the established and the experimental – the past, present, and future – to build bespoke artistic programmes, catering to lifelong and new jazz fans. 2024 marks the National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s debut appearance at Young Euro Classic.

Great Britain
August 13, 2024 8 PM

Konzerthaus Berlin

Mark Armstrong

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Mark Armstrong studied at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He writes and arranges music for all sorts of groups, from jazz and commercial recordings to choirs. He has been involved in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra since playing trumpet in the band 25 years ago. Today, he is its Music Director.

As a composer and arranger, Mark Armstrong has written extensively for big band and is a former winner of the BBC Big Band Competition arranging prize. Additionally, he composes and arranges for a variety of forces from small jazz ensemble to full orchestra and many of his works have been recorded by NYJO. As a performer, he performs regularly with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and in small groups. Mark Armstrong is Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and works as a moderator, trainer and examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).




Music Director

„British Standard Time“

British Jazz from the 1930s till today 🏆

About the concert

A Young Euro Classic debut! The NYJO’s programme “British Standard Time” presents a colourful mixture of music that draws upon the diverse range of influences that give British jazz its unique flavour. From the 1930s with influences such as bandleader Ray “Snakehips” Johnson and composer/bandleader Ray Noble, through the 1950s and 1960s, when Tubby Hayes and John Dankworth developed a British accent on American bebop and incorporating the influences of Windrush generation musicians like Joe Harriott and Dudu Pukwana, who brought the sound of the South African diaspora to British jazz. Combined with this is music that highlights the vibrancy of the current UK jazz scene, including compositions and arrangements by NYJO’s own musicians and other notable contemporary voices like Nikki Iles and Zoe Rahman. 


The concert will be recorded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and broadcast nationwide – on the radio, online and in the Dlf Audiothek app.

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