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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 TVNLycettfindlay@tvms.org.uk. 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 TVNNowicki@tvms.org.uk.

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.

Snappy Christmas is Coming

It’s that time of year again…. SNAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!

For five consecutive years the whole-class workshops have conjured some memorable moments for the children who take part. The jubilation and fellowship that’s shared between each and every child during these events is something that can only be captured at Christmas time. And this is partly the reason behind Snappy Christmas’ widespread appeal; the euphoric atmosphere that’s created is breathtaking for the parents who attend.

Snappy Christmas 2017 featured songs from countries around the world.

This year the scope and scale has not been minimised and we’re hoping for our biggest and most successful Snappy Christmas to date. Returning to the event is the Snappy Music band, formed collectively from TVMS staff, who will perform a medley of Christmas classics as well as introducing the pupils to several Snappy Songs; written, performed and arranged by Tees Valley Music Service.

2018’s event will also feature the largest number of schools we’ve ever had. Over 70 schools will take part in Snappy Christmas 2018 which accounts for more than 5000 children overall across all 5 days.

With the first of the five events scheduled for next week venue preparations have already been made, tickets have been purchased and the Snappy Band have had their final rehearsal. For up to date coverage of our Snappy concerts visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

View the official dates and venues below from the posters along with the schools that will be taking part this year…

 


 

Snappy Spring 2018 – Recap

A new mass-singing event took place in March, resembling the large scale Snappy Christmas workshops that took place last year. With the success of the December events, TVMS wanted to extend the Snappy Music brand even further by offering a fresh and exciting workshop and concert to schools and pupils during the Spring term. This took the form of Snappy Spring, a unique, engaging and memorable experience for primary school children. But unlike Snappy Christmas, these series of workshops were targeted solely towards KS1 children.

Group of children performing the actions to Spring Chicken

The response to the event was monumental as over 50 schools and more than 2000 Key Stage 1 pupils enrolled in Snappy Spring! The event spanned 3 dates, was hosted in 3 venues and each featured a show-stopping concert at the end of each session. With assistance from TVMS Staff and with the return of the Snappy Band, the pupils expertly performed to parents and relatives after an initial rehearsal.

The songs were majorly TVMS’ own works with standouts such as Spring Chicken and Stanley and Cedric however 2 schools performed solos. To accompany the singing, the children also learnt actions to the songs so there was a lot to memorise which was no small feat but the pupils rose to the challenge and performed with confidence. The 30 minute showcase ended in an ovation from the audience. Susan Robertson, TVMS Manager, then thanked the pupils and teachers for taking part. She commented particularly that it was “lovely that schools saw the value in music and the positive impact events like Snappy Spring can have on young children”. Mrs Robertson than showed appreciation to the TVMS band, the staff at the venue and to the parents who not only supported their children by attending the performance but also supported TVMS itself.        
Susan led the events

A £1 entry fee was asked and gratefully received from each attendee which will go towards providing more musical opportunities for children living in Teesside.

 

 

To summarise, the Snappy Spring events were a tremendous success and affirm our belief that music can enrich children’s lives both socially and academically. Look out for more Snappy Music events coming up later this year including Snappy Carmen, launching this June.Children performing actions to One Voice

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 TVNNowicki@tvms.org.uk.

Please view the photos taken from the event below:

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Snappy Christmas Underway.

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!

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!

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