Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra

Saturday 21 September - Stratford Playhouse

Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

Widely acclaimed as one of the UK’s top big bands, and bringing the Festival to a foot-tapping end, the MYJO’s reputation has been founded on the consistently high quality of its performances over two decades, while audiences are entranced by the enthusiasm and virtuosity of the young musicians and the excitement they generate.


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“shattering talent…played with a power and precision that would not have shamed Stan Kenton himself.  Catch them if you can.”  Godfrey Smith, Sunday Times

The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Dr John Ruddick, is now widely acclaimed as one of the UK’s top big bands.

Its reputation has been founded on over two decades of a consistently high quality of performance.  Audiences are infected by the excitement and enthusiasm that band members bring to their concerts. These qualities have brought them many years of success in the BBC National Big Band Competition and led them to win the Dutch National Big Band Competition, where they beat adult bands from The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

Katy Gaskin
Katy Gaskin is one of the top young jazz vocalists in the UK. She has performed at prestigious venues the length and breadth of the country, including the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, as well as entertaining audiences across the continent. Katy's rich vocal tones and captivating stage presence have seen her become a favourite within the jazz community and beyond.

A longtime serving member of John Ruddick's Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, Katy also performs regularly with a variety of other jazz combos and function bands.

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Patron: Henry Seymour, 9th Marquess of Hertford  •  President: John Lill CBE

The venue for all our events and concerts is: Stratford Playhouse, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU
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