Date and time
  • Sat 16 July 2022 / 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price Free - no need to book
Venue St Botolph's Church, Church Walk, Colchester CO2 7EE

Hear the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra & Young Essex Jazz in concert for free!

Led by resident director, Martin Hathaway, the young musicians are excited to share new music with an audience and show that live music has well and truly returned to Essex.

Martin Hathaway, Resident Conductor of the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra
Martin Hathaway, Resident Conductor

Formed in 1991, the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra (EYJO) will return to performing around the County under its director, Martin Hathaway, one of the countries leading jazz musicians.

Also performing at this concert will be the very young musicians from the Young Essex Jazz group, led by Paul Moylan. (Once students have gained a little more experience and developed improvisation skills, they will progress onto EYJO.)

As Beverley Heard, Ensembles Officer said: “I am overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the young musicians to get back to playing together after such a long break.  We had record numbers auditioning for our Jazz programme this year and some real emerging talent will be heard at this concert”.

For further information on joining our Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra or any of our instrumental and also vocal music groups, please telephone Beverley Heard – 07786 125 703 or  0333 013 9361  or email

COVID safe Concert experience protocol:

If you display any of the symptoms of COVID, please do not attend the concert.  We will not permit anyone presenting with COVID symptoms to enter the buildings.  Symptoms include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please note that the concert area is large and well ventilated.  Audience members are encouraged to wear masks and to take lateral flow tests before attending.