NYJO in new hands

The National Youth Orchestra is under new management.

Following the retirement of Bill Ashton, molecular pharmacologist Dr Fiona Ord-Shrimpton has been appointed executive director.

Musical direction will be in the hands of Royal College Professor of Jazz Mark Armstrong, who has almost 20 years’ experience of playing in and directing NYJO.

The new management say the objective is to transform NYJO into a national educational institution of international stature. Dr Ord-Shrimpton describes NYJO as ‘the national first team for youth jazz development’.

NYJO’s new office is at 5 Vigo St, London W1S 3HD. Tel: 020 7494 1733. Email: info@nyjo.org.uk. Web: www.nyjo.org.uk.

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Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, NYJO executive director