Newbury Spring Festival
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Corn Exchange


National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Divas of Jazz

Saturday 18th May

ImageCorn Exchange, Newbury RG14 5BD
7.30pm (ends approx 9.30pm)
Free for Under 25s


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Musicians from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Mark Armstrong musical director


NYJO is a glittering showcase for the UK’s finest young professional jazz musicians, combining a hard-swinging rhythm section and a raft of hugely talented soloists. Under the Artistic Direction of Mark Armstrong, the 23-piece orchestra perform around 40 concerts a year both nationally and internationally. Over its 53-year history, NYJO has helped launch the careers of many of the country’s most renowned jazz musicians including Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Mark Nightingale and Laura Jurd.


Expect swinging jazz classics alongside modern arrangements from the UK’s prominent big band of young professionals. Included in the programme will be a focus on Female Jazz Icons, as composers, lyricists, songwriters and of course vocalists with some special commissions for NYJO from leading UK female jazz musicians.


"Forget the word youth, this is one of the best bands you will ever hear." Sir John Dankworth



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