About Us

About Us

The Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra is unique in Scotland. It was founded in 1976 by the energetic, award-winning jazz musician and composer Richard Michael OBE. Over the years he has introduced hundreds of youngsters between the ages 8-24 to the particular musical freedom that jazz with its emphasis on improvisation offers.

Philosophy

Following his philosophy that “Mistakes are cool!” and that FYJO rehearsals are where it’s OK to get it wrong, Richard has given his young musicians the opportunity to grow as individuals as well as becoming confident instrumentalists. One mark of the success of his inspirational teaching is that band members are regularly accepted onto the jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire for Scotland in Glasgow.

FYJO Team

Learn more about the FYJO tutors and committee members that keep FYJO fun and active.

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Testimonials

Read what our students and other professionals say about the work of FYJO.

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Funders

Learn more about the organisations that have helped support and fund the work of FYJO.

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