Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra

Our youth jazz orchestra (LYJO) is one of Lancashire Music Service’s county ensembles, providing inspiring opportunities for young musicians across the county

New players very welcome.

The youth jazz orchestra offers you the opportunity to work with inspiring leaders and professional musicians, alongside like-minded young people from across Lancashire.

Rehearsals are at Archbishop Temple School and there is an exciting programme of forthcoming events
including concerts, courses, workshops and a summer tour.


LYJO recently plated at Lancaster Jazz Festival Sept 2018 – click here to see the images of the fantastic event.

LYJO recently performing at Lancaster Music Festival Oct 2017:

Watch LYJO performing at Lancaster Jazz Festival at Lancaster brewery:


Recently playing at the Landmark Centre in Preston, Lancashire:

Autumn Term 2019

Sept   14                Rehearsal 1

Sept   28                Rehearsal 2

Sept   29                NYJO Academy

Oct     12                Rehearsal 3

Oct 21 – 25            Half Term

Nov      2                Rehearsal 4 – (and parents meeting at 10.15am)

Nov      3                NYJO Academy

Nov 15 – 17            Residential At Coldwell

Nov    30                         Rehearsal 5

Dec    14                Rehearsal 6

Dec    20 – Jan 5     Christmas Holidays

Spring Term 2020

Jan     11                Rehearsal 7

Jan     25                Rehearsal 8

Jan    26                NYJO Academy

Feb     8                Rehearsal 9

Feb    17 – 21          Half Term

Feb    29                Rehearsal 10

Mar    14                Rehearsal 11

Mar    15                NYJO Academy

Mar    28                Rehearsal 12

Apr      4 – 19          Easter holidays

 Summer Term 2020

May      3                NYJO Academy

May    16                Rehearsal 13

May    25 – 29         Half Term

June    6                Rehearsal 14

June   20                Rehearsal 15

June 21                NYJO Academy

July     4                Rehearsal 16

For events and concert dates visit the events page here

We are a group of young, aspiring musicians who have a passion for music and a desire to keep jazz alive!

Our rehearsals ensure that you as a player are challenged, encouraged and supported musically.

But you can also trust that being part of LYJO places you in the best position to meet other like minded musicians and have loads of fun!

You will develop performance skills, improvising techniques and have the opportunity to play the music of some jazz legends.





Saturdays 10am-3.30pm Archbishop Temple School (fortnightly)


  • Orchestral
  • Jazz


  • Ensembles

Age Ranges

  • Key Stage 3: age 11-14
  • Key Stage 4: age 14-16
  • Key Stage 5: age 16-18