Category Archives: TVMS Concerts

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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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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Gala Concert DVD Available Now

The annual Gala Concert, which took place in April, is now available for purchase in DVD form from TVMS.

The DVD includes the full performance and was filmed on multiple cameras at different angles.

The DVD features performances from:

Tees Valley Youth Orchestra
Tees Valley Youth Wind Orchestra
Tees Valley Youth Brass Band
Tees Valley Youth Big Band
Tees Valley Youth Choir
Tees Valley Youth Chamber Choir

Order forms are available from ensemble leaders and can also be found in the main reception of the TVMS Office. There’s limited availability so order now!


Summer School Success

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 – 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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Gala Concert – Saturday 16th April

The annual Gala Concert took place on Saturday 16th April at The Stockton Baptist Tabernacle. Those in attendance were treated to an array of instrumental and vocal performances by all TVMS Premier Ensembles. Tees Valley Youth Brass Band, Tees Valley Youth Wind Orchestra, Tees Valley Youth Choir, Tees Valley Youth Chamber Choir, Tees Valley Youth Big Band, Yangchin and Tees Valley Youth Orchestra were all present.

The two hour and 20 minute performance saw a variety of talented and highly skilled students play a range of musical pieces using a vast range of instruments. The Gala Concert has always been relatively well received by audience members but this years event in particular was a huge success as spectators praised the musical ability of the students.

TVMS would like to thank all staff, students and conductors as well as anyone else who took part or was involved in the production. Their combined efforts are the reason the Gala Concert was such a success.

Below are some of the highlights from Saturday’s Gala Concert. As the weeks continue, you can expect more video and photo coverage of the event as and when we get them.

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The pictures below are of the two soloists:

Wind Orchestra with soloist Aidan Bowler      Brass Band with Soloist Richard Brooks


If you or your child would like more information about joining one of our ensembles with the ambition to play in one of our premier ensembles, please don’t hesitate to contact TVMS on 01642 603600 for more information.

Chronicle Review of TVYO Concert

Rob Barnes of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle published an in-depth review of the TVYO performance at The Sage on Monday (follow our Youtube link at the bottom of the Home Page for a video clip of the finale).  Describing the work as “a monumental undertaking for any professional orchestra, let alone one comprising around 120 young musicians” he praised Nick Nowicki for allowing the players enough freedom to express themselves and awarded “Full marks to all for not taking the low road but instead performing one of the great classical works in a manner that will stay with them and their audience for a very long time”. 

Read the full review here…

Proud Night For Youth Orchestra

Conductor Nicholas Nowicki led Tees Valley Youth Orchestra through a great concert performance of the Shostakovitch 7th Symphony ‘Leningrad’ last night at The Sage, Gateshead.

This brings the summer concert season to an end and we’d like to thank everyone concerned for all their hard work this academic year, not only with TVYO, but also with all TVMS Ensembles across the four areas of Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton on Tees, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.