Klara\u2019s story\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nKlara shares her story:\r\n\r\n"I first came to National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) four years ago, on the 19th September. I remember the date because it was my 9th birthday! I was so shy and never thought I'd have the courage to improvise in front of others, let alone want to. \r\n\r\n"When I started, we had to learn tunes by ear. I would never have been able to do this without the support from NYJO. Everyone is so kind and helpful - always taking time to show me how tunes should be played.\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\n"I'm so happy to be part of NYJO, not just because they've helped me to play jazz and improved my playing, but also because of the friends I've made there.\u00a0\r\n\r\n"I love playing jazz as much as possible and will take part in anything (inside and outside of NYJO) unless it's on a Saturday as Saturday is my NYJO day! I think without NYJO I would never have found my passion for jazz.\r\n\r\n"When I grow up, I want to be a jazz musician!"\r\nLevelling the playing field in jazz education\r\n\r\n\r\nThe National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is a charity whose mission is to promote jazz as an exciting, engaging and inspirational art form through world-class performances and education work.\r\n\r\nThe fastest-growing area of NYJO\u2019s work is their national education programme. While some areas are well-served by opportunities to learn jazz, in others it can be more difficult for young potential jazz musicians to progress. NYJO is working hard to change that, and their battle-cry is \u2018Levelling the playing field in jazz education\u2019.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThe importance of gifts in Wills\r\nJazz provides a sense of joy and collaboration, and is particularly good at encouraging creativity, confidence, leadership, and social skills. Gifts in Wills are vital for National Youth Jazz Orchestra to continue giving more young people the opportunity to benefit from learning jazz.\r\n\r\nNYJO recently received a legacy bequeathed by the late Reginald Handley. Mr Handley was a life-long lover of jazz, and chose to remember NYJO in this wonderful way:\r\n\r\n\u201cWith NYJO, it was an obvious choice. We wanted to link back to Reginald\u2019s love of jazz. He wanted to ensure that young people could benefit from the great work NYJO does. It\u2019s wonderful he could support the organisation in this way.\u201d\r\nTony Lintott, executor of Reginald Handley\u2019s Will\r\nFind out more\r\nThinking about leaving a gift in your Will to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra? Find out more here\r\n\r\nIf you have any questions or would like to speak to someone, please call NYJO on 020 7494 1733 or email email@example.com\r\n\r\nFollow National Youth Jazz Orchestra on\u00a0Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates on their work.