The Gala Concert 2018 – Review

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 15/06/2018  Categories: New Opportunities, News, TVMS Concerts

The Gala Concert has been an annual event and a staple in the Tees Valley Music Service calendar for over 10 years. The popular concert attracts visitors from all over the region as some of the best ensembles in the North East come together to perform a show stopping concert. Tees Valley Youth Orchestra, Tees Read more »

Hungarian Study Tour – First Thing Music Report

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 01/06/2018  Categories: Blog, News, School Music

“It was a very interesting and disparate group that assembled ready to catch the bus every morning of the week. People from Singapore, Russia, Philadelphia… not just UK acolytes by any means, but all of them with a passion for the strengths of Kodaly-based music teaching. My tour companion was Susan Robertson, the Manager of Read more »

Close up of piano keys

Why Do Pianos Have 88 Keys?

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 29/05/2018  Categories: Blog, News

A standard piano has 88 keys: 52 white and 36 black. But who decided this number would be the standard? And perhaps most importantly, why? To answer both these questions we must look to the past. To when the first piano was invented, by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700.  The Italian instrument technician decided Read more »

Street view of Carnegie Hall

TVYO 50th Anniversary Tour – UPDATE

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 24/05/2018  Categories: Blog, Concerts, News

It’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for! Tees Valley Music Service are absolutely delighted and very excited to be able to officially launch our special tour for next July (Monday 8th – Sunday 14th July 2019) to New York City, USA. The centerpiece of the tour is a full-length performance at the world-famous Carnegie Read more »

National Youth Orchestra 2019 – Audition Now!

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 30/04/2018  Categories: Blog, Classical, New Opportunities, News

The world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers is recruiting committed musicians from across the country to audition to be part of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) in 2019 and take their music making to the highest level. The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain comprises of 164 musicians aged 13-19 years old, from a variety of Read more »

Rita Ora

Rita Ora To Headline New Music Festival In Middlesbrough

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 11/04/2018  Categories: Blog, Community Events, Concerts, News

Rita Ora is set to headline a brand new festival taking place in Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park this summer! The singer will take to the stage on Friday 24th August at the Endeavour Festival. The Endeavour Festival is being brought to Middlesbrough by South East Live (SEL) – a five year old events management company, which Read more »

Snappy Spring 2018 – Recap

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 06/04/2018  Categories: News, TVMS/School Partnership Events, Workshops

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, Read more »

10 Reasons To Play A Musical Instrument

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 05/04/2018  Categories: Blog, News

Learning to play a musical instrument has so many benefits – whether it’s building your confidence, enhancing your memory or widening your social circle. Playing an instrument makes you smarter. Several studies have shown a correlation between musical training and academic success. Learning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, improving functions like memory and abstract Read more »

TVYC Tour to Disneyland Paris

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 03/04/2018  Categories: New Opportunities, News, TVMS/School Partnership Events

Given the hugely successful 2017 tours to London and Llangollen, Tees Valley Youth Choir will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a trip to Disneyland Paris. Paris is one of the world’s most well-known cities and is highly regarded for its romantic setting and abundance of attractions. With so much to offer, Paris is also Read more »

Snappy Christmas 2017 – Recap

By: Adam Cooper  Date: 24/01/2018  Categories: News, School Music, TVMS Concerts

The Snappy Christmas events took place over 5 dates this year and involved 69 schools from Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar & Cleveland. More than 3000 pupils participated in the massed singing concerts where a medley of Christmas songs were performed to hundreds of parents. This year, the Snappy Christmas concerts incorporated a theme into Read more »