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
CONCERT BEGINS AT 7PM
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.
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!
“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.
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.
The pictures below are of the two soloists:
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.
The Tees Valley Youth Orchestra Concert takes place on Saturday 19th March at 7:00pm over at St Barnabas Church.
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…
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.