From January to December 2018, the RSCF was delighted to fund the Isle of Wight Youth Jazz Orchestra. Led by Jim Thorn, the initiative aims to fill a void on the isle where there is no local Youth Jazz Orchestra and no focal point for young jazz musicians to come together in what is a very spread out and rural community. Through fortnightly large ensemble rehearsals and other rehearsals in between as well as performances across the island and at local jazz festivals, this gap was  filled and the musicians gained friendships and confidence which will then enable them to attend local jam sessions with confidence, to form bands and to progress their musical careers. Find Out More:

As a young musician, jazz is something I have always wanted to explore but have been too scared to do. I found that the opportunities on the island mainly involved playing with much more experienced musicians and although they were welcoming, I needed a place to begin first. The IOWYJO gave me an opportunity to play with a diverse community of young likeminded musicians that were in the same boat as me. Having a place to practice, make mistakes and go out of my comfort zone has inspired me and given me the confidence to push for more challenging gigs away from home and make a living from music. I am hugely grateful to everyone involved with the IOWYJO and hope it continues to develop and nurture young artists in the same way it did for me. Member of IOWYJO