Category Archives: Concerts

Gala Concert 2017 – Recap

The Gala Concert took place at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle on Saturday 6th May. The concert saw all of TVMS’ premier ensembles take part in an awe-inspiring evening of orchestral, jazz and choral music. The event concluded at 9:20pm to a rousing round of applause followed by a standing ovation as the Youth Orchestra performed Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 by Elgar.

The Gala Concert comprised an articulate repertoire, often alternating between popular and well known music to unfamiliar pieces which clearly portrayed the technicality and skill required from all the young musicians.

The photos taken from the event can be viewed here.

Chris Lewis speaking at the Gala Concert.

One of the videos captured from the event can be viewed below:

Gala Concert 2017

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Opera North Youth Chorus – Young Musicians WANTED

Opera North Youth Chorus (ONYC) are looking for 15 talented young musicians to join the choir as they prepare to take a new production on tour this Summer.

Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow is a one act opera written by Stephen Deazley which is premiering as part of the Buxton Fringe Festival in July. Originally commissioned by Scottish Opera, it’s inspired by Hilaire Belloc’s classic Cautionary Takes and includes the curious story of Matilda whose compulsive lies lead to a terrible fire, Henry King who ate too much string and George, a pint-sized trouble maker. ONYC will also perform the opera at Middleton Hall in Hull and The Place, London, as part of the 2017 Tête à Tête Festival.

The musicians need to be between 14 and 19 years old and be at Grade 8 or above on their chosen instrument. The group are particularly keen to find string, horn and percussion players. They’ll be guided throughout by highly experienced tutors and members of the Orchestra, with rehearsals starting at the end of June.

If you know or anyone you know might be interested please submit a short video showcasing your instrumental playing to together with their contact details. To find out more, please email Marie in the Education team:

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.


Durham Country Brass Band Association


Sunday 18th June 2017

The competition is open to member bands of the Durham County Brass Band Association and also NONE member bands. The competition will comprise of three sections including Youth Bands.

Number of players permitted – 25 plus percussionists. Entry fee £40. None members £70

Class A

  • Championship – 1st and 2nd section bands
  • Prizes – 1st prize £200, 2nd prize £150, 3rd prize £100

Class B

  • Championship – 3rd and 4th section bands
  • Prizes – 1st prize £200, 2nd prize £150, 3rd prize £100
  • A prize will also be presented to the highest placed 2nd and 4th section bands.

Each band will perform a 10 minute test piece of a March and a Hymn that can be chosen by the contender. Bands may have the choice to play from Registration area to the playing area, this will not be adjudicated.

Each band member is allowed to bring a guest with them into the Museum however all other attendees must purchase a day ticket at a cost of £6 on the day.

For the full Terms and Conditions as well as for the form to enter, please click here.

Tees Valley Youth Orchestra Workshop Day – Recap

The 90 members of Tees Valley Youth Orchestra were joined by 40 additional players for their annual orchestra workshop day which gives aspiring musicians the chance to experience what it is like to play in a full symphony orchestra. Some of the new musicians had never performed in an orchestra before, and the orchestra certainly was ‘full’ in all sections – four harps included!

During the day there were rehearsals both for the full orchestra and for each instrumental section separately, culminating in a concert for parents at the end of the day. The programme included classics such as ‘Mars’ from Holst’s ‘Planets Suite’ and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’  ballets. Nicholas Nowicki, conductor of Tees Valley Youth Orchestra, said “Our guest players were fantastic. They showed dedication and professionalism in rehearsals and performed to a very high standard in the concert at the end of the day, which definitely surpassed my expectations! We hope that they may become the TVYO of the future”. For further information about joining the Orchestra, please contact TVMS on 01642 603600 or email

Please view the photos taken from the event below:

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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.


TVMS Christmas Concert

The TVMS Christmas Concert, which took place on Sunday 11th December at 5PM, was a roaring success. The event saw TVMS premier ensembles Tees Valley Youth Orchestra and Tees Valley Youth Choir being joined by various Teesside schools as they performed a repertoire of festive music.

Taking place at Teesside High, the event was met with high praise with many audience members complementing the professionalism and high quality music making the groups displayed (not just in this concert but also in previous events).

Both TVYC and TVYO yet again displayed to the spectators that hard work and commitment pays off as the complex music pieces were played with seemingly little effort needed.

The photos that were taken from the event can be viewed below:


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Snappy Christmas Underway.

This year’s Snappy Christmas kicked off in style with around 500 children from Stockton on Tees schools performing to over 900 parents and family members.  The following day “Snappy” rolled into the Borough Hall in Hartlepool for another enormously successful event and the next two weeks see a further three; two consecutive days at Eston Sports Centre on December 12th & 13th and a return to Thornaby Pavilion on December 7th due to massive demand, the latter to feature live on BBC Tees!