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!
In July 2016, two Summer Schools took place at different parts of the Tees Borough. One in Hartlepool and the other in Saltburn. Both were a success as a record number of pupils got involved in the two day event.
The aim of both workshops were to increase the confidence of the pupils who attended as well as provide them with a unique, memorable and rewarding experience. Pupils who attended the Saltburn school even gained a nationally recognised qualification from being a part of the all day workshop. Both days consisted of a morning and afternoon session. The morning schedule included familiar activities such as singing, instrument playing and drumming while the afternoon session offered pupils a chance to try something entirely new! These activities varied from steel pan drumming to art and craft projects.
To conclude the past two days of music making, a concert was put together for parents showcasing everything that pupils had learnt. This final event was met with high praise from teachers, parents and pupils alike. Many had expressed feelings of admiration and awe when watching everything the students had accomplished over the Summer School.
Giving pupils and teachers who were involved in the events a big thank you is appropriate due to their hard work and determination which is the main reason why both Summer Schools were a huge success!
“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.
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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