Youth organisations

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National Youth Folk Ensemble

+44 (0)20 7485 2206

2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY, UK

London

The National Youth Folk Ensemble celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music and work with leading folk artists. 

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Kinetika Bloco

+44 7795142535

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, United Kingdom

The Kinetika Bloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers all in costume creating a ‘unique new British Carnival sound with a decidedly London edge’ (BBC Radio2).

We draw our influences from the Caribbean, Brazil, West and Southern Africa, New Orleans jazz, Funk and Hip Hop. Our members create the work with a team of professional tutors and help to lead the organization. Our achievements include: performances at Notting Hill Carnival, Bestival and London Jazz Festival; headlining the Roundhouse; performing for Nelson Mandela who called us ‘enchanting’; representing the UK at Beijing Olympic Festival; leading Team GB in the London 2012 Victory Parade; collaborating with major artists like AfroReggae and Jerry Dammers at high profile venues, including Southbank and Barbican; launching BBC Get Creative; opening the London Marathon; and starring on BBC 1Xtra and BBC Radio 3’s Young Artist Day.

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SAMYO (National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music)

+44 (0151) 291-3949

17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Samyo is the National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music, and the only one of its kind in the world.

It combines  North and South Indian music traditions with  global influences, and is pioneering a new form of Indian music, while showcasing the next generation of talented young artists.

Samyo is open to musicians between the ages of 12 and 18, Samyo Too to musicians between the ages of 18 and 25, and Sabrang to vocalists between the ages of 14 and 25.

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National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)

+44 20 7494 1733

5 Vigo Street, London, United Kingdom

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is a charity, whose mission is to promote jazz as an exciting, engaging and inspirational art form through world-class performances and education work. 

NYJO’s flagship band is the UK’s premier youth (under 26) jazz orchestra, performing around 40 concerts annually – nationally and internationally. Alongside these performances, NYJO delivers inspirational education work wherever it goes. NYJO also operates a weekly Academy, which offers London-based access to jazz ensembles for young musicians of varying levels and abilities.

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National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO)

+44(0) 20 7759 1880

Somerset House, Strand, London, United Kingdom

NYO believes in inspiring its teenage members with a sense of personal responsibility for giving world-class performances.

That starts with giving them fantastic role models. Together we’re building the future of orchestral music.

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Grand Union Youth Orchestra (GUYO)

+44 (0)20 8981 1551

St Margaret's House, Old Ford Road, London, United Kingdom

London

The unique Grand Union Youth Orchestra (GUYO), London’s pioneering world music and jazz youth ensemble, brings together young musicians aged 12-26 who wish to explore the world’s major musical cultures.

Players of non-Western instruments are particularly welcome.

Led by top professional jazz and world-musicians from the renowned Grand Union Orchestra, GUYO offers free monthly masterclasses and workshops that explore musical styles from all over the world.

The GUYO repertoire, created and rehearsed in over 60 workshop sessions so far, is continually developing and expanding. It includes arrangements of world music ‘standards’, original music, material adapted from Tony Haynes’ music for the Grand Union Orchestra and contributions and compositions by the orchestra members themselves.

Members get to perform in a varied annual programme, from open-air festivals and Summer carnival processions to large-scale participatory shows playing alongside the Grand Union Orchestra. Past performances have taken place in prestigious East London venues such as the Hackney Empire, Wilton’s Music Hall and Stratford Circus.

Youth Music

+44 (0)20 7902 1060

9 Tanner Street, London, United Kingdom

Youth Music projects take place in all kinds of places. Youth centres, libraries and prisons. Nurseries, hospitals and housing estates. Sometimes schools (although usually out-of-hours). Often, it’s the fact that they're not school which helps young people to engage.

Several times a year, organisations can apply to us for funding for their music-making projects. Big or small, if they have a great idea for helping young people through music, Youth Music will consider it.

Organisations have to demonstrate the need for their project in their local area. They need to prove they’ve talked to young people to find out what they want. They have to show a fully-costed plan. And most importantly, they need to explain exactly how their project will help change children’s lives.

 

Every year, Youth Music provides more than 100,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives.

Their music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and live happy, successful lives.

Youth Music’s ongoing research allows us to identify the best ways to engage young people and drive fresh thinking in music education. We also provide a growing online community for thousands of music education professionals.

Many young people still need Youth Music’s help. Join them on their mission to give every child the chance to make music. 

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Sistema England’s mission is to transform the lives of children, young people and their communities through the power of music making, as part of the international El Sistema movement.

Their vision is to give every child in England the opportunity to be part of an orchestra or choir, and strive for musical excellence, developing their full potential, both as an individual and as a force for social good within their families and communities.

Objectives

  • To support the sustainable development of a network of programmes inspired by the values, principles and spirit of the Venezuelan El Sistema programme of social action through music, reaching the most disadvantaged areas across England.
  • To support communication between the Sistema-inspired programmes, encouraging the highest quality teaching, collaboration and the sharing of best practice.
  • To develop a coherent identity for Sistema England and the network of Sistema-inspired programmes, with a clear set of values and standards, reflecting the charity’s founding principles and its guiding spirit.
  • To forge a formal association with El Sistema in Venezuela that will provide opportunities for performance, research, knowledge exchange and collaboration across national boundaries.
  • To advocate for Sistema-inspired work and the creation of new programmes in England by raising awareness of the charity’s aims, demonstrating the programmes achievements, and helping to collate and disseminate hard evidence of the social and musical impact.
  • To help secure funding and provide a coordinated approach to fundraising to support the Sistema-inspired programmes.
  • To work closely and productively with other stakeholders and funders to ensure a co-ordinated approach to messaging, advocacy, and fundraising in support of the programmes aspirations.