Nine In Ten Children Want To Learn A Musical Instrument, Survey Finds

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 07/06/2019  Categories: News, School Music

Research into children’s interest in learning a musical instrument finds that young children are keener than ever, but interest among other children is dwindling. A new piece of research by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra reveals nine in ten children want to learn a musical instrument. The survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of the RPO, Read more »


Youth Music: School Music Lessons Should Cover Hip-Hop & Grime

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 24/05/2019  Categories: News

Youth Music calls for a focus on ‘Stromzy rather than Mozart’ to engage hard-to-reach and often disenfranchised pupils. The national charity has called for schools to adopt more current styles of music, citing newly conducted research that found more inclusive music-making improves concentration and attendance levels amongst pupils at risk of exclusion. A four years tidy Read more »

Tees Valley Youth Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Gala Concert – Recap

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 09/05/2019  Categories: News, TVMS Concerts

Tees Valley Youth Orchestra performed one of their largest and most ambitious concerts in its history on Sunday evening. After months of speculation and build up, the 50th Anniversary Gala Concert was here, with the event being held at the Sage Gateshead; one of the most prestigious arts and culture venues in the North East Read more »

Fundraising Target Reached For New York Tour

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 07/05/2019  Categories: Concerts, Fundraising, News, TVMS Concerts

With less than 2 months to go until Tees Valley Youth Orchestra depart for America on what will be their biggest tour to date, the fundraising target to ensure the tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience has been reached. In early 2018, following the confirmation of TVYO’s tour to New York, the Friends of Tees Valley Read more »

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Apply Now To Join TVYO In 2019/2020

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 24/04/2019  Categories: New Opportunities, News

The Orchestra  TVYO is a high standard, thriving full-size youth orchestra which gives several concerts each year in the Teesside area and beyond, including foreign tours. It regularly tackles exciting repertoire, and recent concerts have included critically acclaimed performances of Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 5, 7 and 10 at Sage Gateshead. The orchestra has been finalists Read more »

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How Can Babies And Toddlers Benefit From Music?

By: Ryan Howard  Date: 02/04/2019  Categories: News

Parents want to give their children the best life that they can. There are all sorts of things that you can do to help ensure that your baby thrives. Spending a lot of quality time together can be a big help. Making sure that they eat well goes a long way as well. A lot Read more »

Is There Really A Music Education Crisis?

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 27/03/2019  Categories: News

For years there have been cries from national newspapers and educational bodies that an expulsion of compulsory music education would be inevitable, citing the decreases in uptake for music at GCSE level. Even primary schools are experiencing a lull in provision for the arts subjects to make way for additional numeracy and literacy lessons. The Read more »

Music education ‘must move into 21st century’ or risk failing young musicians

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 25/03/2019  Categories: News

Music education must evolve to fit the needs of the 21st century or risk failing generations of young talent, a new report has warned. There are “huge disparities” in provision of music lessons between schools and a failure to recognise how young people engage with music, according to The Music Commission. who published the report. Read more »

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Tickets for BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend Sell Out In 2 Hours

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 15/03/2019  Categories: Blog, Concerts, News, Popular Music

Tickets for the widely anticipated Big Weekend concerts at Stuart Park have sold out in less than 2 hours. The two day event will see huge names in the music industry travel to Middlesbrough in May. Stars already billed to appear include Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Mumford and Sons and Rita Ora. Priced at £18.50 Read more »

Former TVMS Pupil Talks Helping the Homeless and Opera Singing

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 11/03/2019  Categories: News

A former pupil of TVMS has been lavished with praise in the press recently for her work with asylum seekers and the homeless. Emily Smith, an opera singer who initially received lessons from Tees Valley Music Service in 1997, has been working with MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) and conducting the Middlesbrough Homeless Choir. Read more »