Category Archives: Rehearsals

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)



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.


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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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.

Acapella Choir Group Seeking More Voices

Acapella Choir based group Northern Spirit Singers are looking for more singers and vocalists to join their association. The group offers a fun and rewarding experience for all who take part.

The all adult choir have been recognised as the best senior choir in the country, winning the national category final in the Royal Festival Hall in October 2014, taking the title “Adult Choir of the Year 2014”.

As well as their regular program of concerts in Durham, the choir have performed as guests of other local groups including Cleveland Philharmonic Choir, Guisborough Choral Society and Durham Community Youth Choir. The choir also enjoys foreign tours each year, most recently visiting Belgium and performing concerts in Brussels, Barcelona and Germany.

In 2015, the choir released their first Digital Album, “Cantus Mundi”, recorded in Durham and featuring a range of sacred and securlar pieces from around the globe.

Northern Spirit Singers rehearse every Thursday during school term time from 7:00 to 9:00pm in Elvet Methodist Church, Durham City. 

If you enjoy:

  • Singing wide variety of choral repertoire, both sacred and secular
  • Performing concerts of a very high standard
  • Making music in a relaxed, friendly and enjoyable manner

Then they would love to meet you!

For more information or if you would like to enquire about joining the acapella group please email

You can also visit their website here.

The Ebor Quartet – Matthew Johnson

“The Ebor Quartet was formed in late October 2014. Since then we had been working on large pieces of music for our finale concert on the 2nd May 2015. We love exploring musical pieces composed by Beethoven and Mozart, playing purely for the love of these amazing works. We meet twice a week and push ourselves to play to the highest achievable level a quartet group can possible reach.

Tees Valley Music Service supported all four of us and gave us a solid music education that has benefited us greatly over the past 5 years and I have no doubt will continue to benefit us in years to come. They do such amazing work with young musicians and continue to support their students, past and present. There are many talented people who have helped me to develop my musical ability over the years but two people, I believe, should be praised  specifically. Penny Ferguson (cello teacher) and Jeff Sawdon (area coordinator when I was there)  are two brilliant examples of the dedication the staff give to the young musicians they teach and support. The commitment and enthusiasm The Ebor Quartet has when together is down to the commitment and enthusiasm TVMS staff show towards each and everyone of their pupils.” – Matthew Johnson

Since this quote was documented, Matthew has gone on to achieve a Degree in Cello playing and is hoping to gain a Master of Arts Degree in Chamber Music while studying at York University later in the year.

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Hartlepool Headliners – NEW Choir

All children from Year 1 upwards who love to sing are welcome to come along to a FREE taster session,  lead by TVMS teacher Mr Harbisher.

Hartlepool Headliners will take place at English Martyrs School every Monday at 4pm until 5pm.

The choir will be performing regularly in concerts.

You can view the posters for Hartlepool Headliners below:

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For more information, please call 01642 603600 or email

Come & Sing Day

Keen new singers had the chance to join with the Tees Valley Youth Choir this week for a no-pressure fun day.  Choir Conductor Nikki Lycett – Findlay and husband Ben organised the day and as a result the choir gained several new members.  If you are a singer and would be interested in joining get in touch with us HERE.