NYJO are back for 2021 with a post-lockdown energy you don’t want to miss!
- 6pm – Building opens
- 7pm – Auditorium doors
- 7.30pm – Set one
- 8.15pm – Interval
- 8.30pm – Set two
- 9.15pm – Finish
All timings are approximate
This concert series celebrates the enduring legacy of undoubtedly one of the greatest musical talents to come out of the UK.
This is a chance to see some incredible young musicians honour Amy’s short but unforgettable career with a performance that fans of big band jazz and Amy obsessives alike will enjoy, reimagining hits and revisiting early works she sang with the 24-piece National Youth Jazz Orchestra as a promising 16-year-old singer, back in 2000. Her unmistakable character, vocal dexterity and masterful song writing made her a pop icon, and her tragic passing makes her one of the most sorely missed artists in recent memory. Now, ten years on, her music still shines, undiminished, in all its defiant brilliance. Watch some of the most talented young jazz musicians in the UK mix a swingin’ rhythm section and a plethora of expressive soloists, into one of the most thrilling jazz orchestras playing right now.
One of the UK’s most in-demand brass instrumentalists, his credits as a writer, arranger, trombonist and producer reads like a who’s who of pop iconoclasts: James Brown, Kylie Minogue, Ray Charles, Paloma Faith, Chaka Khan, Jamiroquai, Tom Jones, Spice Girls, Paul McCartney, Cee Lo Green, Laura Mvula, Emeli Sandé, Rag ’n’ Bone Man and, the late-great, Amy Winehouse. Having worked on Amy’s Frank album, Rollins is the perfect conduit through this ambitious marriage of jazz and pop.
Winston is currently NYJO’s Head of Professional Development and revels in the opportunity to use NYJO’s frontline projects (such as this) to guide and nurture up and coming talent at the onset of their careers.
Olivia Murphy is an award-winning composer, saxophonist, and improviser based in Birmingham, U.K. Olivia has always had a passion for large ensemble jazz and was the first and only two-time winner of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Composition and Arranging Prize in 2018 & 2019. After graduating from RBC, Olivia was thrilled to be given the composer chair for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in January 2020. As well her ongoing work with NYJO, Olivia has also worked with Birmingham Jazz Orchestra, the University of Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and a range of other exciting large ensembles.
Olivia also enjoys writing for her own smaller bands and was commissioned by Stoney Lane Records and TDE Promotions earlier this year to compose, perform and record in isolation a 20 minute set for her trio (Soprano saxophone, voice, piano). The resulting suite ‘Tomorrow Songs’ was released for the Around The Houses Festival in August 2020. Most recently (July ’21), Olivia was selected by Jazzlife Alliance as their Young Composer (18-24) to be funded by PRS Foundation, where she will be mentored by the incredible Django Bates, premiere her work at CQAF’s Out To Lunch Festival, later to be released with Lyte Records in 2022.
A natural performer, creative improviser and talented musician, Lucy-Anne is a practiced vocalist hailing from Leeds whose vocal sound draws inspiration from singers such as Betty Carter, gospel duo Mary Mary and most pertinently, Amy Winehouse. Having been raised in a musical household, Lucy-Anne found herself in the world of performance at a young age, often singing in church and at local events and fundraisers in her hometown of Leeds. The rich rhythms and harmonies of gospel music, with its own roots branching out from Jazz, have always been an underlying feature of Lucy-Anne’s musicality, therefore, it was a natural that she gravitated towards jazz.
At the tender age of sixteen, Lucy-Anne became the vocal chair holder for NYJO’s 24-piece jazz orchestra in December 2019. Since then she has performed with the band at various venues and festivals across the country, most memorably a hometown gig which saw her return to the historic Leeds Town Hall. In September 2020 she began studying jazz voice at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, receiving tuition from both Sara Colman and Noemi Nutti. Lucy-Anne has matured incredibly since joining NYJO in 2019 and has since established herself as an emerging artist on the Birmingham jazz scene in her own right.
After decades of performing in a variety of venues across the UK and Europe, NYJO has helped launch the careers of many of the country’s most renowned jazz musicians in the process, such as Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Mark Nightingale and Laura Jurd. Expect a programme that explores the history of large ensemble jazz, from its formative years right up to present day.
The 24-piece orchestra has always proudly provided a gateway for accomplished young musicians to progress into the industry. The band represents a unique opportunity to gain vital experience in professional environments; explore the myriad styles and sounds with the genre; and form new relationships with a range of other musicians.
NYJO exists to empower young jazz musicians and inspire music audiences across the UK, through engaging Learning & Participation projects and impactful live performances. Founded in 1965, NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra, to a multi-faceted music organisation that champions national music education for young musicians, as well as professional development experiences for those at the onset of their careers.
Throughout all of its activities, NYJO are actively seeking to create a dialogue; between the established and the experimental; the past and the present; with captivating experiences that inspire and entertain.
Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:
Online: Tickets booked online are subject to booking fees when purchased through our website. E-tickets for print at at home are emailed instantly on the account you have registered with DLWP and are free of charge. They can also be downloaded from our website within My Account.
Telephone: £3.50 per transaction + £2 postage or free collection at the Box Office.
In Person: There are currently no charges for booking tickets in person.
There is a £2 charge to post tickets.
We strongly recommend ticket buyers to take out Ticket Protection insurance with Secure My Booking available when you book your tickets at check out.
Please note that we are only able to post tickets within the UK. If you live overseas please select box office collection or print at home tickets. Tickets purchased for post will be sent 10 – 14 days before the show date.
Full terms and conditions can be found here.
Book online: Pre-show dining can be booked online as an add-on when purchasing tickets for selected events. You will be purchasing a ticket to guarantee your meal before the show.
Please note you must be a ticket holder to the show to book pre-show dining.
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On the night: If you have pre-booked please come to the bar to order from the gig menu and sit at one of the reserved tables.
Please be aware that we operate no re-entry for gigs. This means that once you have entered the building, you cannot go out and re-enter. This policy is in line with other major music venues across the UK and put in place on police advice. No re-entry is clearly signposted as you come through security on the front door.
There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.
- By Rail
Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for up-to-date train travel information.
Town Taxis: 01424 211 511
Parkhurst Taxis: 01424 733 456
- By Car
If driving from the London area:
Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
From the Brighton area:
Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free.
Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.
Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.
Please contact the Box Office on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
Facilities for disabled visitors
- Ramped access at the front of the building
- A low counter at the Box Office and Information Desk
- Disabled toilets on two floors
- A lift to all floors
- Accessible galleries on both floors
- An accessible Café
- Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
- Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
- Ramped access into the Studio
- Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.
Facilities for blind or visually-impaired
- Large print season brochures
Facilities for the hard-of-hearing
- An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
- British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.