LYJRO have started the Autumn term in good shape and are rehearsing a new repertoire of vocal and instrumental music.
Our fundraising mission to support music lessons in 'Hillview School' Durban and facilitate our return trip in July 2014 continues with many gigs, bag packing and other activities planned for the new season.
LYJRO have regular updates from our current student Ildo Nandja via our project co-ordinator Claire McFetridge.
See a recent e-mail from Ildo on the Africa page.
The LYJRO Big Band has been in existence since 1991 and was established by Education Leeds to cater for ever increasing interest in jazz from young people.
LYJRO's aim is to offer young people of Leeds the opportunity to experience through performance, the spectrum of jazz related styles ranging from swing to 'hip hop' and funk. The authority also established a training band which introduces the young people to the first steps in improvisation and jazz ensemble work.
Over the years LYJRO has organised workshops featuring eminent jazz musicians including Scott Stroman and Dave O'Higgins. LYJRO have also organised projects involving several ensembles - the most recent being the 'Global Warning' project in 2005.
LYJRO propose to return to South Africa in Summer 2014. To make this possible, LYJRO have developed a programme of extensive fundraising. We would welcome any new ideas or approaches to fundraising from members or parents as we need to do all we can to raise the funds.
The Knowledge Partnership sponsored the SA Tour 2010
Big thanks go to the Knowledge Partnership, Yamaha Music - Durban, all the fundraisers and also the parents who supported this project by dedicating a lot of free time to LYJRO.
If you feel you can help with 2014........get in touch!