Cornwall 2016

As always the people of Looe weren’t quite expecting the tornado of fun and excitement hurling towards them at 60mph down the M5 at5am on July 16th. The typical Cornish weather was once again on our side as dodgey sunburn lines were appearing the minute we stepped off the mini bus and continued for the rest of our holiday. No trip to Cornwall would be complete without fun on the beach from rounders to football and even digging holes, the gig to raise money for Looe Lifeboats and the latest trend of the year which was Pokemon Go. Its fair to say we provided the south coast with entertainment from shouts of ‘I’ve found a Jigglypuff’ and ‘What level is your Squirtle? Mines 155!’ Overall, another week packed full of fun was had by all.  Bring on 2017!


Thanks Emma for the post 🙂



Presentation Evening 2016

It was a great night at our annual presentation evening at the Holiday Inn.  The Jazz Orchestra played lots of new music that we have been learning over this last term which included Uptown Funk, All About That Bass & Rockin’ Lobster to name a few.

We saw lots of new faces in the Swing Band as this was for some members their first concert and they all performed really well.
Well done to all of our students who passed & collected their jazz exam certificates and obviously a big congratulations to Taylor and the rest of this years winners of the Holin Hammerton awards.

Hillsbourgh Gala

We had a great time at Hillsbourgh gala today and as luck would have it we managed to avoid the rain. The musicians played well and enjoyed a bit of free time eating chips & going on the rides. A good time was had by all. Well done everybody

Ardsley Gala

It was a nice day this year at Ardsley gala so we were able to perform outside. All the kids enjoyed the activities at the gala especially the coconut shy where I think nearly all the kids won a coconut! Well done team!

EDF Energy Grant Award

On the 11th May 2016 Phil & I went to an awards ceremony held by EDF energy. We were delighted to be presented a plaque and a cheque for £3500 towards new instruments 😀We would like to thank and show our appreciation to EDF energy & the South Yorkshire Community Foundation and of course Phil for doing all the hard work behind the scenes!

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2016

Michael Dugher Barnsley East MP puts Barnsley jazz group up for national award

Loraine Cawood Musical Director said :

“We are honoured and delighted at being nominated for the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. It is fantastic that we are being recognised for our contribution to Jazz education in the community.”

9 February 2016

As reported by the Sheffield Star, Michael has nominated the Barnsley Youth Jazz Orchestra for a prestigious national award in recognition of their work getting young people in Barnsley involved in music.

Michael has put the group forward for the Jazz Education Award in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2016, which recognises organisations that raise the standard of jazz education in the UK.

The Orchestra, which is based at Netherwood Advanced Learning Centre, is a not-for-profit service that provides young people with music tuition at a significantly discounted rate and even loans its students musical instruments and helps them to achieve formally recognised music qualifications.

The awards ceremony will take place in Westminster in May and will celebrate the contribution that jazz singers, musicians and teaching organisations make to British music.

Commenting, Michael said:

“Since their founding in 1978, the Barnsley Youth Jazz Orchestra have an impressive track record in getting local young talent involved in jazz music.

“They deserve recognition for this important work and I am sure that all of Barnsley will join me in wishing them the best of luck in this year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards.”

Post taken from website of Michael Dugher MP

Holiday Inn Christmas Concert

What a night to get you into the christmas spirit, we started off the evening with the Jazz Orchestra performing some classic christmas music with a twist, then the Barnsley Youth Swing Band showed us how hard they have worked over this last term by performing a completely new christmas programme, then the Jazz Orchestra finished off the evening in a swing style.  Soloists performed so well with traditional christmas tunes which was a great contrast from the bands performances. Danny & I had a wonderful surprise from Paul Dent (a founder member of the organisation) we had received some funding and a cheque was presented to us for £4765 from the Halifax bank which was fantastic.  It has provided us with some much needed funds and it is going to help us keep our organisation running & hopefully to launch some new projects which we have been unable to do up to now due to lack of funds, so watch this space!

Ecclesfield Gala

The new term has only just begun and already we have our 1st gig of this academic year, Ecclesfield gala. It has been a great sunny day with lots of stalls, displays, fairground rides and my favourite hook a duck! All the proceeds from today’s event go towards Macmillan Cancer Support.  Well played everyone!

Congratulations to all our GCSE candidates

Over the last two years a group of our young musicians and MD Loraine Cawood have worked tirelessly through the AQA GCSE music syllabus, we are now proud to announce collectively they achieved 4 B’s, 3 C’s and 1 D, which is great news

Nearly all of our students have taken their GCSE early, so it now leaves students free to choose a different option at school so students gain an extra GCSE qualification

Well done all, keep up the good work.