Category Archives: Community Events

‘Made! Songs of Freedom’: A New Music Project Addressing Issues of Equality Through Music

In the wake of the recent discussions surrounding equality and the Black Lives Matter movement, Musinc have set up a new project: Made! Songs of Freedom.

The initiative is suited towards young people and seeks to address issues of inequality and encourage social change through music making. In these sessions young people will lead the way by looking at issues of racism and racial prejudice through protest songs and song writing, in response to the #BlackLivesMatter campaign.

Taking place on July 21st and 28th and August 4th and 11th, the sessions will be delivered via Zoom at 6pm and will last up to an hour.

All places are FREE and suitable for ages 13-18 years (and up to 25 years for young people with a SEN Support Plan or those who are registered with a disability).

Places are limited so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to take up this opportunity.

What you need to do: 

  • Make sure you have access to an online Zoom account for the session
  • Return the attached forms (Musinc Participation Checklist and Consent Form) to
  • You will need to login on the day of each session. Login details for the whole project will be sent to you on confirmation of your place on the project.

Download and complete the Application & Consent Form and send to MUSINC

Take That to Perform in Middlesbrough in 2019

Legendary pop band Take That are to perform at The Riverside Stadium in June 2019 as part of their 30th Anniversary tour.

Take That, who’s plethora of hits include Shine and Rule the World will perform in 12 venues across the UK next year, reliving their greatest hits. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen will visit Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on Saturday 1st June 2019. 

The music idols attract huge crowds to their concerts so this event is likely to be sold out very quickly. Securing one of the most-beloved pop groups in the UK to perform in Teesside is undeniably a massive achievement and a huge leap forward in putting Teesside on the map.

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, was thrilled with the confirmation.

In an interview with Teesside Live, Ben Houchen and Lee Fryett (Head of Commercial for Middlesbrough FC) discussed the upcoming event on the grounds of the Riverside Stadium and suggested other big named music and comedy stars could be encouraged to consider Teesside as part of their UK tours.

Mr Houchen proudly said:
Like a lot of the other things we do, this starts to put us on the map. For years and years we’ve always looked up to Newcastle and Sunderland who’ve hosted these big music events, but now is our time.” BEN HOUCHEN
The announcement comes amid efforts for Middlesbrough FC to bring the Rugby League World Cup to Teesside in 2021, including using the Riverside Stadium as a venue. 

Making Waves – Brighter Sound Workshop

Brighter Sound, in partnership with the Sage Gateshead, are looking for female music makers aged between 13 and 18 from the North East. They would like to offer young musicians the chance to explore the possibilities of sound, experiment with cutting edge music technology and work with amazing digital sound artists.

This event is FREE to attend. Travel bursaries are available upon request.

This is a great opportunity if you’re looking to make music in new and innovative ways. Lead by an all-female team of amazing digital and sound artists from across the North of England you will:

  • Spend four days (Monday 20th – Thursday 23rd August) experimenting and creating new music using found sound to create a unique ‘sound experience’.
  • Collaborate with other young musicians from the North East.
  • Showcase your work to a live audience at Sage Gateshead on Friday 24th August – as part of The Hexagon Experiment*.   

Register your place now!

Sign up by Wednesday 15th August to guarantee your place!

*The Hexagon Experiment is a six-part series of Friday night experiments’ featuring live music, conversations and original commissions from pioneering women at the forefront of music, art and science. Part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018.

Tickets available now!

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About the artists?

Afrodeutsche is a British born Ghanaian/Russian/German composer, producer and DJ based in Manchester. Her productions cross a wide range of styles including classical solo piano, teachno, house and electro. She holds a monthly radio show on the reputable NTS, featuring her own productions, ranging from dark electro to breaks and jacking house.

Caro C is an electronic music artist, sound engineer and facilitator based in Manchester. Once described as a “one woman electronic avalanche”, Caro has been enkoying making musical mischief for over 20 years now after starting out in Newcastle. She has performed at key venues including Bridgewater Hall, Museum of Science and Industry, Band on the Wall, Royal Institute of Science, as well as festivals such as Bluedot and Festival Number 6. Caro is also the instigator and project manager of electronic music heritage charity Delia Derbyshire Day.

Mandy Wigby is a musician, composer, music producer and educator. She has released albums and singles, and toured internationally with signed brands The Sisters of Transistors and Lionrock. She has also created music and sound design for various multi-media projects and is currently part of the collective ‘The Architects of Rosslyn”. More recent projects have seen her develop a “Sensory Soundpit” with Di Mainstone, Howard Jacobs and a team of coders for the European City of Science 2016 and Bradford Science and Media Museum’s Super Senses 2017.

Vicky Clarke is a sound artist and electronic musician based in Manchester. Working with sound sculpture, field recordings and DIY electronics she creates performances, installations and self-built instruments. Her current research project explores sound sculpture to interface the physical internationally most recently at Rome Media Art festival and has been artist in residence at the National Science and Media Museum. She is co-founder of Noise Orchestra, a project developing synthesizers that translate light into sound.

Rita Ora To Headline New Music Festival In Middlesbrough

Rita Ora is set to headline a brand new festival taking place in Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park this summer! The singer will take to the stage on Friday 24th August at the Endeavour Festival.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora will front-line a major music event in Middlesbrough later this year.

The Endeavour Festival is being brought to Middlesbrough by South East Live (SEL) – a five year old events management company, which specialises in large scale events such as live open air concerts, music festivals and food and drink events. Since its founding, SEL have hosted events that have included big name acts like Madness, Louisa Johnson and Chas and Dave. Louisa Johnson herself is also expected to perform at the Endeavour Festival.

The company have hinted that if the Endeavour Festival is successful, it could prove to be an annual event.

Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Communities said: “We’re delighted by the news about about the Rita Ora concert in Stewart Park has now been made public and we hope this is an event people can get excited about”.

Speaking of Middlesbrough Council’s commitment of strengthening local communities, Mr Thompson said: “We [Middlesbrough Council] have big ambitions to bring city-scale events to Middlesbrough and are pleased that the organisers are thinking of this as somewhere they want to bring a concert with artists of the calibre of Rita Ora. We have already seen some big events on Centre Square and we want to do more to make this kind of occasion a regular occurrence in Middlesbrough.”

Stewart Park has been used as a live music venue in the past, including for Victoria Beckham’s performance in 2000 where 60,000 people attended the event to promote her then upcoming single Out of Your Mind with Dane Bowers. Other years saw Peter Andre and Rihanna perform.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale on Thursday 12th April and will be priced from £35. To buy tickets and for more information visit the Endeavour Festival website.

Shine Festival – Recap

On Saturday 25th March 2017, the Shine Festival Award Ceremony was held at The Princess Auditorium, Yarm School. The 6PM event concluded with what was a successful that saw a diverse group of young and talented musicians from Tees Valley take part. The awards ceremony saw the winners perform their music pieces before collecting their trophies and cash prizes which were presented by Shine Festival and TVMS representatives as well as various sponsors.

The winners for Most Promising Singer, Singer of the Year, Most Promising Musician and Musician of the Year also received cash prizes with Most Promising Musician/Singer receiving £100 each and Musician/Singer of the Year accepting £200, respectively. The Most Promising Singer award was presented by Janet Howells, Musical Director of Stockton Synthonia Male Voice Choir who sponsored the prize. The Shine Festival Singer of the Year trophy was presented by David Tyrell, President of the Middlesbrough Rotary Club while the Shine Festival Musician of the Year award was presented and sponsored by The Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Ken Dixon.

Below are the photos of some of the winners accepting their awards from Shine Festival and sponsorship personnel: 

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   Chloe Godfrey (saxophone)

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Connor McMurray (harp)

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Megan Hill (singer)

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Abigail Craig (trombone)

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Alex James Mailen (singer)

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Neil Sild (cello)

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Victoria Coggon (singer)



National Youth Folk Ensemble 2017-18

The National Youth Folk Ensemble is for talented young instrumentalists aged 14-18 who are dedicated to developing as folk musicians and are excited about collaborating with others who share their passion!

Ensemble members will participate in four weeks of intensive residential courses in different parts of England and receive high quality tuition and guidance from leading folk musicians. They will develop skills in performance, arrangement and leadership as well as give public performances.

This is an opportunity for young musicians to participate in free workshops and audition for the National Youth Folk Ensemble. If you are interested in attending a free Sampler Day at a venue near you please visit The National Youth Folk Ensemble Website now to book your free place.

Sampler Days are an inspiring introduction to the Ensemble, including free creative workshops with Artistic Director Same Sweeney, short individual auditions and a Q&A. To register for a Sampler Day, musicians should be aged between 14 and 18 on 1st September 2017, live in England, be able to play confidently on any instrument and have an interest in folk music. Young musicians who meet the criteria but don’t wish to audition for the Ensemble are welcome to take part in the workshops.

National Youth Folk Ensemble

Gala Concert 2017 – Rehearsal Schedule

The annual and widely praised Gala Concert is returning in May. Below is the rehearsal schedule for the musicians performing in the event from Tees Valley Youth ‘Premier’ Ensembles: Big Band, Brass Band, Youth Choir, Youth Orchestra. Wind Orchestra and Yangchin.


Please be ready to rehearse promptly at the following times: 

  • 2:00 – Choir
  • 2:30 – Orchestra
  • 3:00 – Youth Orchestra, Big Band, Brass Band, Choir, Wind Orchestra
  • 3:30 – Big Band
  • 4:00  Wind Orchestra
  • 4:30 – Brass Band


Like last year, the Gala Concert will take place at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle on Saturday 6th May 2017. Door open at 6:30 PM.

More information will follow in the coming weeks.


Volunteers Wanted At Music Festival

The festival is running across five days in three venues in the Tees Valley. It consists of performances from solo musicians, duos, ensembles, school music groups, community music groups, bands and choirs.

The dates of the festival are:

Saturday 18th March                                                                                                                                     Sunday 19th March                                                                                                                                         Friday 24th March                                                                                                                                           Saturday 25th March                                                                                                                                     Sunday 26th March

This is an opportunity to gain experience in event management and help to support this new project in the local area. You are welcome to help in as much capacity as you would like as you don’t have to commit to all five days! We’re in the process of recruiting as many people as possible to ensure the event runs smoothly so any assistance on the day would be much appreciated, especially from those who have had experience in previous festivals.

If you’re interested in helping at the festival please could you complete the form which can be found on ‘‘. This will outline your availability for the festival period and also the kind of jobs you are willing/able to do. Please could you return the form to Mrs Rebecca Johnson, 24 Melrose Drive, Stockton on Tees, TS18 3LE or send it via email to by Friday 17th February.


Shine! Website Now Live

The official website for Shine! Festival is now live. The festival aims to be a modern version of the traditional competitive music festival.

The festival:

  • Aims to be more inclusive by providing non-competitive masterclasses, specifically designed classes for school and community music groups.
  • Has no age barriers
  • Has 2 Prize-giving Concerts including cash prizes for selected categories.
  • Provides a friendly platform for performance practise with positive and encouraging feedback.

The Tees Valley has seen a strong tradition of competitive music festivals over the past 60 years, notably Stockton Music and Drama Festival and Middlesbrough Music Festival. Both of which have been disbanded in the past 5 years. With financial support from a variety of individuals and organisations it has now been possible to re-invent this new festival which will serve musicians across the whole Tees Valley.

Funded by Arts Council England and in Partnership with Tees Valley Music Service, Shine! Festival is an exciting and new opportunity for musicians of any age and ability as well as providing Tees Valley with another exclusive festival!

For more information please go to Shine! Festival Now!


Cleveland Concert Band

Cleveland Concert Band was formed in January 2007 by a very small group of dedicated musicians who came from Middlesbrough, Eston, Northallerton, Guisborough, New Marske, Redcar and other places within Cleveland and the North East of England. They have grown steadily in numbers since their first rehearsal of only ten players. They are a very happy and content team of part-time musicians who enjoy the great company of like-minded people of all age groups and abilities.

Many of the playing members bring with them vasts amounts of experiences from playing with other bands or orchestras and even have ex-military musicians within the group. This Windband is made up of a diverse range of people and age groups. The youngest player was just 9 years old when they started and their eldest is over 80. Every member of the band is willing to help others to improve in their ability to play good entertaining music. The Cleveland Concert Band are a happy collection of friendly musicians to be associated with and enjoy what they do.

They practice every Thursday night from 7:30 pm until 9:15 pm at St Alphonsus Church Hall, Westbourne Grove, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough TS3 6EW.

If you have your own wind instrument (Brass or Woodwind) and can read music to a moderate standard then we would like to hear from you.

For more information please visit the Cleveland Concert Band’s Website. You can also email  or ring 07861 503757 if you would like to enquire further.