Shine Festival

Shine Festival: A Music Festival for the Tees Valley Plans are currently underway for a new music festival set to take place across the Tees Valley in March 2017! Shine! Festival will be a mixture of traditional and contemporary with both competitive and non-competitive classes, and we’re adding prize money too! This festival is not so much a new idea, but a fresh look on a tradition that continues to thrive in other areas across the country and even internationally. We plan to add new elements into this festival (e.g. masterclasses and monetary prizes) to ensure that it appeals to a wider cross section of musicians. We have widened the entry criteria to allow for more flexibility e.g. there are no set pieces and we have designed the classes according to Grade level rather than age. We would also like to encourage community groups and choirs to participate in this festival, and we have created a day designed specifically for this, with its own concert to celebrate the diversity and range of music making taking place in the Tees Valley.  Here is the provisional programme – save the dates!

Saturday 18th March 2017Kings Academy, Middlesbrough (TBC)Vocal solos and duetsKevin Thraves: Head of Staff in the Opera and Vocal Studies Dept at the Royal Northern College of Music
Sunday 19th March 2017Yarm SchoolPiano classes – solos and duetsRichard McMahon: Former Head of Keyboard at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and current panellist for BBC Young Musician
Friday 24th March 2017Tuned In, RedcarSchool GroupsTom Redmond: Horn player (Halle Orchestra), animateur and BBC presenter and broadcaster
Saturday 25th March 2017Yarm SchoolInstrumental classes – solos and duetsChris Daly – Adjudicator for Federation of Festivals
Saturday 25th March 2017, 6pmYarm SchoolPRIZE WINNERS CONCERT FOR ABOVE CLASSESGuest presenter TBC
Sunday 26th March 2017Tuned In, RedcarChoirs and Community classesBill Watson: Musical Director for Durham Youth Jazz Orchestra and Sunderland University Big Band, Music Mentor for Music for Youth.