Category Archives: New Opportunities

‘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

‘Youthquake’ – Inspiring Young People To Change The World

Youthquake is a 360-degree theatre experience from the award-winning Zest Theatre. The show is about being young and changing the world.


Developed through conversations with 800 young people from across the country, Youthquake uses their words and opinions to give voice to a generation often left unheard.

Part show, part TED talk, and part party, Youthquake takes you on an exhilarating journey through hidden lives of Teen Britain and asks what it actually means to change the world.

Youthquake has been inspired and developed with more than 500 young people from Tees Valley and 300 young people from elsewhere in the country – it is a celebration of the voices of young people across the region and beyond.

The group will perform have already performed at Hartlepool’s Centre for Excellence in Creative Arts (CECA) and will now move onto Middlesbrough Town Hall, ARC in Stockton-on-Tees, The Hippodrome in Darlington and will end their regional tour at Tuned In! in Redcar.

Youthquake in context

Discover the true extent of who Youthquake are in their Offical ‘Production Trailer’:

Supported through the National Lottery Public Fund and through Arts Council England, Youthquake is able to bring an incredible experience to young people for FREE.

Tees Valley Combined Authority chief executive, Julie Gilhespie said: “While the combined authority is driving economic growth and creating jobs, we can never lose sight of who we’re doing it for – our region’s young people. We need to give them the opportunities to be the best they can be and build a life for themselves in the region. To do this we must listen to what they are saying to tackle the issues which are important to them.


“Zest Theatre has been working with our teenagers to produce this fantastic show which is a meaningful and addition to our cultural calendar”, Gilhespie continued. “I’d urge teachers, teenagers and adults alike to get a ticket and support our young actors and their stories.”

Zest Theatre producer, Catherine Fowles said: “We’re so pleased to be bringing Youthquake ‘home’ to Tees Valley, having spent most of our time making and rehearsing the show here. Youthquake has been an incredibly transformative experience for everyone involved, from our team that conducted the initial workshops to the young people who have joined our casts across the country.”

Fowles also expressed excitement at the meeting and collaborating with young people in the region from all different backgrounds saying: “We can’t wait to be able to share some amazing experiences with our young casts in Tees Valley, all of the people we’ve met who have helped shape the show for the region, and the audiences who will hear their stories thanks to the support of Tees Valley Combined Authority.”

Dates and ticketing information for Youthquake performances are available on Enjoy Tees Valley’s website.


Music Production Courses Coming February Half-Term

Are you aged between 13 – 18? Or do you know someone who is and would like to get involved in music production?Music production

If you are, Musinc has a fantastic opportunity for you! On Tuesday 18th February, Wednesday 19th February and Thursday 20th February, Musinc will host a series of music production activities focused on recording music and using a professional studio.

Come along for 3 days of digital music activities led by experienced studio engineers. If you are a newcomer and have never enrolled on a music production course similar to this you will be given the chance to complete Grade 1. If you have previously attempted a previous course, you will complete Grade 3. Both Grades are accredited by Rock School.

No previous experience or knowledge necessary. Participants must attend all 3 days.

Each day will start at 10 am and end at 3 pm. The course will take place at Bluebridge Studios at Myplace in Middlesbrough.

This is a FREE event. To book contact or call 01642 728379.

BBC’s Songs of Praise Youth Choir of the Year Competition

The 2020 competition is now open for entries and aims to find the best amateur Young Choirs in the UK. It’s your chance to shine!

BBC Songs of Praise warmly welcome applications from youth, community, church, school and gospel choirs. In fact, any choir can enter as long as you’re of the right age (see Terms and Conditions below).

All choirs who submit an entry will receive feedback from the shortlisting judges, whether they go through to the televised part of the competition or not.

The finals will be filmed during Spring at a venue to be confirmed.

The Junior and Senior finalists will sing in front of the audience (including family and friends) and the television cameras!

How to enter

You can enter online, by email or post.

Please read the Terms and Conditions and tick on the form to confirm you have read them.

For the online entry form click here…

To enter by email download the entry form here and send it to 

To send the application by post download the entry form here and send it to “Songs of Praise Competitions (YCOTY) 114-116 Broadway, Media City UK, Salford, M50 2UW.

Entry date closes on Sunday 24th November 2019.


Audition for National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) are holding auditions for the National Youth Boys’, Girls’ and Training Choirs of Great Britain this autumn.

If you have a passion and a talent for singing with others that you want to take to the highest level, then NYCGB would love to hear from you. There are 21 audition dates and 18 locations across the UK.

Auditions are open to all talented young singers as follows:

  • National Youth Boys’ Choir – for boys entering School Years 5 to 10 on 1st September 2019
  • National Youth Girls’ Choir – for girls entering School Years 6 to 10 on 1st September 2019
  • National Youth Training Choir – for boys & girls entering School Years 9 to 13 on 1st September 2019

Find out more and book a place to audition here.

NYCGB’s website provides lots of information about what’s required, and how to prepare.

Auditions are priced at £37. Financial assistance is available; find out if you qualify today.

Representatives of NYCGB will travel the country, hosting auditions for talented young people from all works of life.

Audition Dates & Locations 

  • Birmingham – Wednesday 13th November
  • Bristol – Monday 11th November
  • Cardiff – Saturday 2nd November
  • Carlisle – Saturday 16th November
  • Chelmsford – Sunday 10th November
  • Exeter – Saturday 2nd November
  • Edinburgh – Saturday 16th November
  • Gateshead – Thursday 14th November
  • Hull – Friday 15th November
  • Ipswich – Sunday 17th November
  • Leeds – Saturday 9th November
  • Liverpool – Saturday 16th November
  • London (Barnes) – Sunday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September
  • London (Marylebone) – Sunday 10th & Sunday 17th November
  • Nottingham – Sunday 3rd November
  • Peterborough – Saturday 9th November
  • Shrewsbury – Sunday 17th November
  • Southampton – Sunday 17th November
  • Tonbridge – Saturday 9th November

Apply Now To Join TVYO In 2019/2020

The Orchestra 

TVYO is a high standard, thriving full-size youth orchestra which gives several concerts each year in the Teesside area and beyond, including foreign tours. It regularly tackles exciting repertoire, and recent concerts have included critically acclaimed performances of Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 5, 7 and 10 at Sage Gateshead. The orchestra has been finalists in the National Youth Festival of Music for Youth for the last five years, performing is Symphony Hall, Birmingham. In 2017, they were awarded a National Award. In July 2014 they performed at the Florence International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Italy and toured Hungary in 2016, culminating in a sold-out-concert at the famous Vigado Concert Hall on the banks of the Danube. In 2018, they toured to Granada and Seville. They will also be performing at Carnegie Hall, NYC in July 2019 for their 50th anniversary. 


Auditions are quite light hearted and designed to make you feel at ease to play. They are not onerous or scary! The audition lasts approximatley 10 minutes and players will be asked to play a piece of their own choice, to play some scales which will be selected by the panel from the Grade 5 syllabus or the grade currently being worked towards, and to sight-read. Auditions take place on Friday evening.

Minimum requirements

Strings and Percussion players should be Grade 5 or above. Brass and Woodwind players should be Grade 6 or above. These are guidelines only. Players are welcome to apply if their playing shows potential, and their application is supported by a teacher.

Current charges

Currently, for those already registered with TVMS there is no additional charge for membership of Tees Valley Youth Orchestra.

For those not already registered, the ensemble membership charge is £15 per month currently.


If you wish to audition, complete the application form online. Alternatively you can print off a copy and send it to:

TVYO Auditions, Tees Valley Music Service, Frederick Nattrass Centre, Swale Road, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1BY.

We will be in touch with you shortlyt after receiving your application.

New Year, New Music – Coming Up In 2019

This year is gearing up to be a very special year for Tees Valley Music Service. With more events and activities planned for this year than in previous years, music in Tees Valley has never been more alive and vibrant. Have a read of some of the events, concerts and opportunities we have planned for 2019 below:

Guitar & Brass Taster Session

Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar or the trumpet but were put off by the hefty tuition fees? On Monday 14th January come along to a free guitar and brass taster session at Redcar & Cleveland College. From 4:30pm until 5pm, learn the basics of guitar and brass playing with our experienced and professional teachers. If this session sparks (or reignites) your interest in learning to play guitar or a brass instrument then there will be an opportunity to enroll in weekly lessons commencing the 21st January 2019.

Call TVMS on 01642 603600 to let us that you will be attending and if you require us to provide an instrument.

TVYC Baroque Concert

For the third consecutive year TVYC will join St Peters Choir and Guest Orchestra in a new year Baroque celebration. The programme will feature Handel’s The King Shall Rejoice, and music by Fisch and Zipoli. Tickets are £10, all adults, and are available from The concert is at St Peter’s Church in Stockton at 7:30pm.

Orchestral Workshop Day

Have you ever wanted to play in an orchestra? Join current members of Tees Valley Youth Orchestra as we give you a taste of rehearsing and performing in a top youth orchestra. On Saturday 2nd March, 10am – 5pm at Ian Ramsey Academy, you will be coached in instrumental sectionals by our professional tutors as well as play all together under TVYO’s conductor, working on a variety of pieces. You don’t need any previous experience of playing in an orchestra, just enthusiasm!

This opportunity is open to players of any orchestral instrument from Grade 3 upwards to join in this exciting and rare opportunity. Family and friends are invited to come along for a short performance at 4:15pm on the day. For your child to be part of this workshop please complete the form and send it to the TVMS Office.  For more information about the orchestra or enquiries about the day, please contact

Snappy Spring, Snappy Opera & Snappy Christmas

Snappy Music is back in full force this year with a trio of Big Sing workshops for primary school children to get involved in. For some children these mass-singing events are one of the first and only opportunities they have to take part in music, certainly at this scale. That is why it is essential that these events continue to get evolve so the benefits of Snappy Music grow and reach even more primary pupils.

Snappy Spring takes place in March with a selection of Snappy Songs for schools and their pupils to learn and perform. In April, Snappy Opera will tackle the difficult but hugely influential genre of opera (following in the footsteps of Snappy Carmen in 2018) where pupils will look at pieces of music not commonly heard. Snappy Christmas will also return this year in November and December for another round of festive fun, certain to include a few seasonal surprises.

Schools who would like to participate in any of these events please contact the TVMS Office on 01642 603600.


Great North Jazz Big Band Festival with TVYJC

Premier ensemble Tees Valley Youth Jazz Collective will take part in the Great North Jazz Big Band Festival on Sunday 3rd March between 3pm – 6pm at Park View Academy on Chester le Street in Sunderland. For many members of TVYJC this will be the first major festival they will be a part of as the event will not only allow them to meet like minded peers and make new connections but also play music in a competitive environment.

Tees Valley Youth Jazz Collective formed in 2018 and held their first ever concert as a band at Middlesbrough Town Hall in October where they performed alongside the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

TVYO’s 50th Anniversary Concert

TVYO celebrate 50 years with a special concert at the Sage Gateshead, featuring the current orchestra members. They will also be joined with orchestras featuring many former members. This is a performance not to be missed! The concert will take place on Sunday 5th May.

North East Festival of Youth Choirs

Tees Valley Youth Choir will perform at the annual NEFYC. Taking place at Durham Cathedral this ‘not to be missed’ event will bring choirs from around the country together for a spectacular day of choral music.

TVYO Tour to New York City

It’s the largest and most anticipated event of the year as over 100 members of TVYO travel to New York City for a once-in-a-lifetime performance at the world famous Carnegie Hall.  They will be staying in Times Square, in the heart of Manhattan, so there’ll be lots of opportunities for sight-seeing. The entire tour will span 5 nights with the concert taking place on Thursday 11th July at 8pm. Tickets are not yet available but keep a look out on the Carnegie Hall website for details as to when they will be released to purchase. Also keep up to date with TVMS’ Facebook & Twitter pages for the latest information as soon as it’s released.

Chair for the Tees Valley Music Education Hub – Apply Now!

The Tees Valley Music Education Hub (TVMEH) is looking for a new Chair for its Music Education Hub Advisory Board.

The TVMEH works with the four local authorities of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar & Cleveland. Tees Valley Music Service is the lead partner in the Music Education Hub and it works collaboratively with key local, regional and national partners to ensure that all children in our region have access to a rich variety of musical opportunities.

Teesside is an area which a rich and diverse musical culture, and the music-making of the young people from our area has always had a high profile, both nationally and internationally.

We are looking for an inspirational and motivated Chair of the Tees Valley Music Education Hub Advisory Board who will support the Hub with its mission; help us celebrate what we already do and support us to develop new opportunities for our area.

The Chair of the Tees Valley Music Hub Advisory Board is a non-salaried position (travel expenses will be reimbursed) and would suit someone who has a strong background in business and/or education, and has time to support the Hub to develop its role and remit.

Tees Valley Music Education Hub Logo

The TVMEH was launched in 2017 to deliver music education in line with the National Plan for Music.

Main Responsibilities of the Chair

The key responsibility of the Chair will be to facilitate 3 meetings of the Music Education Hub Advisory Board a year (one per term). Meetings typically last for 1.5 hours.

You will work closely with the Board Members in partnership to plan the annual cycle of meetings, set the agendas and work within the agreed Terms of Reference of the Board. You will also:

  • Support the Board to develop membership.
  • Support the Hub Board, Partners and TVMS as lead partner to deliver the Music Hub Core and Extension roles as set out in the National Plan for Music Education.
  • Monitor that the decisions taken at Board meetings are implemented.
  • Work with the Board and TVMS as lead partner to oversee the allocation of Hub grant funding, support with the development of new income streams and support the Board in fostering relations with potential funders/donors.
  • Represent the Tees Valley Music Education Hub at appropriate events and meetings.
  • Act as a critical friend, advising and challenging the Hub lead organisation and Partners where necessary.

Essential Qualities of the Chair

The Chair of the Tees Valley Music Education Hub will have:

  • A commitment to Tees Valley Music Education Hub and music education
  • Leadership ability
  • Strategic vision
  • Integrity
  • Good indepndant judgement
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties
  • Tact and diplomacy
  •  Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Learn more about the Tees Valley Music Education Hub

Read the full responsibilities and qualities of the Chair

For an informal chat about the post please call Susan Robertson, Service Manager of TVMS on 01642 603600 or email

If you would like to apply for this post please send your CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet the Qualities of the Chair (as outlined above) and the knowledge, skills and experience you could bring to the role. Please send your application to Susan Robertson at

You can post your application if you prefer to Susan Robertson, Service Manager, Tees Valley Music Service, Bishopton Road West, Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, TS19 0QH.

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.

Tees Valley Training for Music Practitioners

As part of the Great Place Tees Valley project, ARC (in Stockton) is offering opportunities for up to 24 creative practitioners who are interested in developing their facilitation skills to work with socially excluded communities. Successful participants will take part in a 10 week training course and a six session placement with one of ARC’s partners in the Tees Valley.

Who can apply?

The course is suitable for:

  • Artists or practitioners who wants to gain or enhance skills in working with the groups listed
  • Recent arts graduates
  • Arts or heritage workers

They are particularly interested in music practitioners for this round.

You must share their commitment to social inclusion, equality and diversity and be able to demonstrate that this is part of your practice in your application. You must also live and work in the Tees Valley and be available to take part in all 10 weekly sessions and undertake a six session placement.

ARC supports a range of creative projects, workshops and events throughout the Tees Valley.

How to Apply?

Places are limited. If you are interested in attending one of these courses please complete the attached application form and email it to by 10am on Monday 23rd July.

The Project Brief:

The course will be led by a host of experienced practitioners from across the UK and is designed to provide local practitioners with the skills and tools to effectively share their own creative practice with others. This will include sessions on working with young people, including NEETS and PRU pupils, older people, disabled people, people experiencing homelessness, poor mental and physical health and refugees and asylum seekers – all of whom ARC has experience of working with.

There are two courses:

  • Course 1 will take place at ARC every Monday from Monday 1st October – Monday 3rd December 2018, 11am – 5pm
  • Course 2 (Music) will take place in Middlesbrough every Tuesday from Tuesday 2nd October – Tuesday 4th December 2018, 11am – 5pm.

Course 1 is open to practitioners from any art form; Course 2 is aimed at practitioners who’s practice is all or primarily focused around music.

Each session will cover:

  • An overview of the target group, and any specific requirements
  • Rewards of working with this group
  • Examples of previous work
  • Advice on how practitioners should prepare and deliver activity
  • Any challanges and how you have overcome them
  • An example of a successful project and how it was achieved
  • Advice on appropriate light-touch evaluation methods

You will leave each session with a clear idea of how to plan and deliver a creative session with the target group, knowledge of how to deal with common challenges, with a good level of awareness of any specific requirements of the group.

Each participant will be entitled to a bursary of £100 per week to enable you to attend the sessions and to support travel to and from the ARC.

Apply for this amazing opportunity now!