Talented youngsters will be performing as part of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO).

Students from Alec Hunter Academy and Felsted School took to the stage at Saffron Hall, built in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School, on October 13.

The first of two performances, at 11.30am, was Big Band Anatomy Schools Concert where ambassadors explained how jazz works and described history of the genre.

In the evening the band returned to play Words and Music, featuring Liane Carroll.

Mark Armstrong NYJO’s artistic director, said: “So many of NYJO’s members cite seeing a NYJO gig as the moment they set their sights on becoming a professional musician.

“Now that they’re well on their way to achieving this, they love playing for other school students and hopefully inspiring the next generation of jazz musicians and lovers.

“During the concert the NYJO Ambassadors and I will be showcasing a wide range of jazz styles and demystifying the building blocks of jazz, such as groove & harmony.

“We had a fantastic time at our sold-out concert in Saffron Hall in 2016 and can’t wait to come back and work with the local students again before our main show on Friday night.”

Saffron Hall Trust is one of the UK’s most progressive arts charities, with an aim to embed arts and culture in the lives of people across the East of England.

For more information visit saffronhall.com.