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Fundraising Target Reached For New York Tour

With less than 2 months to go until Tees Valley Youth Orchestra depart for America on what will be their biggest tour to date, the fundraising target to ensure the tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience has been reached.

In early 2018, following the confirmation of TVYO’s tour to New York, the Friends of Tees Valley Youth Orchestra (FTVYO) set a goal of raising £30,000 in order to subsidies the total cost for parents and grant every member of the Orchestra with the opportunity to be a part of the 50th Anniversary Concert.

This was an ambitious aim and a benchmark that could have easily been seen as unrealistic to hit. But due to the tremendous support from members, their parents and supporters of the Youth Orchestra, donations quickly started to come through.

Throughout 2018 and right up to May 2019, special fundraising concerts were held, raffles were organised and memorabilia such as celebratory calendars and bespoke event programmes were designed, professionally printed and sold.

TVMS also launched the Sponsor a Seat and Broadway to Broadway campaigns to contribute to the fundraising effort. These campaigns offered individuals and local businesses the chance to become official sponsors of TVYO. As part of their package, sponsors were offered complimentary tickets to all TVYO events in their 50th Anniversary Year, promotion across all of TVMS’ digital channels and a photo opportunity with the complete orchestra.

The fundraising campaigns were very successful and in February 2019 the total amount raised surpassed £25,000!

But despite this momentous achievement there was no attempt to slow the campaigns down as Tees Valley Youth Orchestra were determined to hit their original target so the fundraising continued.

And on the evening of Sunday 6th May at the Sage Gateshead it was announced, in front of an audience of parents, families, sponsors and supporters that £30,000 had been raised for Tees Valley Youth Orchestra’s tour to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall.

TVMS Service Manager Susan Robertson invited Chairman of Friends of TVYO, Mark Douglas and the Treasurer of FTVYO, Ann Savell, on stage to display the cheque.

Mrs Robertson also commended the fundraising efforts and the support from local businesses and individuals who’s involvement was instrumental in securing the funds for the tour to go ahead.

Susan concluded her speech by praising the Youth Orchestra members for their “talent and dedication”. “Thank you to every member of the Orchestra for your commitment. The performance at Carnegie Hall will be truly magnificent and it is great that we have these young ambassadors to our region.”

The cheque was presented to conclude the 50th Anniversary Galla Concert at the Sage Gateshead on Sunday 5th May.

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Tees Valley Youth Orchestra celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a performance in Carnegie Hall

Talented musicians from Tees Valley have been handed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in one of the world’s most famous venues – Carnegie Hall, New York – as part of the Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in July 2019 under the baton of Nicholas Nowicki.

The 120-strong orchestra is run by Tees Valley Music Service and is made up of students from across the Northeast who rehearse each week and who perform both nationally and internationally, including recent concerts at Sage Gateshead, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and tours to Granada, Hungary and Italy.

A major fundraising campaign is currently underway with a target of  £130,000 so as to ensure the youngsters can take advantage of this opportunity. Local businesses are being approached to see if they can help, and the Friends of Tees Valley Youth Orchestra, together with students and their families, have been fundraising too – it’s very much part of a massed team effort to be able to put our region on the map and let the Americans see what wonderful young people we have in Teesside and what fantastic support they have received to be able to make their dream a reality.

Sponsor a Seat promotional flyer

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Megan Robinson, who plays flute in the Orchestra, said, “To be part of an orchestra that is playing in such a world class venue has raised my aspirations for a future career in music. Carnegie Hall will be an amazing experience which I will never forget throughout my life as a performer. Truly once in a lifetime!”

Another Orchestra member, James Corking, who plays trumpet says, “It is a great privilege to be part of an orchestra that is playing in such a prestigious concert hall performing challenging repertoire for all members of the orchestra. I can’t wait!

The Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary celebrations also include a return to Sage Gateshead, and have recently performed at St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle on Saturday 8th December and have featured in a Christmas Gala Concert on Saturday 15th December in Stockton Parish Church.

TVYO at the Christmas Gala Concert

TVYO at the Christmas Gala Concert on December 15th.

For further information, or if you would like to contribute to our fundraising efforts, please contact Tees Valley Music Service. To see the Tees Valley Youth Orchestra in action visit their Facebook and Twitter pages as well as TVMS’ YouTube channel.

TVYO Members Tackle the Three Peaks Challenge

Three members of the Tees Valley Youth Orchestra will take on the challenge to walk up the Yorkshire Three Peaks in an effort to raise money for the upcoming tour to New York in 2019 where they are looking to perform at Carnegie Hall. This tour, understandably, raises huge financial implications for the Youth Orchestra and its members therefore several sponsorship campaigns and fundraising drives have been established in the hopes of reaching the target of £30,000 by June 2019: An ambitious goal but an achievable one, especially given the motivation from staff and students alike to perform at one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world .

With recent sponsorship campaigns such as the Sponsor a Seat and Broadway to Broadway packages gaining momentum, the three peaks challenge is just the latest fundraising effort from TVYO. 

Ivan, George and Patrick, who play trumpet, french horn and trombone respectively, have accepted this challenge which will take them at least two days to complete. 

Three Peaks Challenge

The Yorkshire Three Peaks, which form part of the Pennine range, are the hills of Whernside (728m), Ingleborough (723m) and Pen-y-ghent (697m) and are the three tallest peaks in Yorkshire. They encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. 

The challenge is not the first Ivan, George and Patrick have embarked on. Last winter the trio busked in freezing snow in the centre of Middlesbrough so this year they decided they wanted to do something more physically challenging.  

A fundraising page, set up by the Friends of Tees Valley Youth Orchestra has already exceeded their original target of £900 and has reached an impressive total of £1383. The page is still live so if you would like to donate whatever you can to this event please click here.

All the sponsorship money raised across all campaigns and platforms will go to funding the once-in-a-lifetime tour to New York.