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Sage Gateshead's Young Musicians Programme is recruiting for a jam-packed and inspiring 2015-16

Posted on 24 April 2015

Breaking News!

Quay Voices in this years BBC Proms Youth Choir and will perform with Vienna Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle on Friday 11th September at Royal Albert Hall. Recruiting for singers to join Quay Voices for 15/16 academic year, please apply by May 1st.

Are you aged between 4 and 18 years and interested in making more music? Our Young Musicians Programme is bound to have something that excites you. We are recruiting for September 2015 – July 2016 and the deadline is 1 May 2015, so get involved!

Starting with our youngest students, on Saturdays we have our Foundation and Intermediate Strings programmes for 4-16 years. Both programmes really develop strings playing and don’t need auditions. String players can also apply for auditions on our Centre for Advanced Training and our youth chamber orchestra, Young Sinfonia.

For the folk players, we have two groups. Folkworks Saturdays meets on Saturday afternoons and is a non-auditioned group for young people aged 10-16 years. For more advanced players, Folkestra is our renowned folk ensemble for 13-19 years. They have a great season coming up with residentials, a trip to London and Sweden (to be confirmed) and an annual project with the Hexham Gathering.

Jazz Attack is our non-auditioned group for young jazz players, meeting on Saturdays. Players move from there to Jambone, our jazz ensemble. Jambone recently won an award for best performance of new composition at the Great North Big Band Festival and their season includes residentials, performances at the London and Gateshead Jazz Festivals and a trip to Germany (to be confirmed). It’s not a straight big band so all instruments welcome!

We have three choirs for young people. Quay Lads and Quay Lasses our choirs for boys and girls and in 2015-16, as well as the residentials, they are performing in the Christmas Concerts with Royal Northern Sinfonia in Sage Gateshead Hall 1, with one of our string groups in the region and with the Opera North Children’s Choir. Our teenage choir, Quay Voices, has built up a significant national reputation and so ha s a big season approaching. It is only one of four choirs performing Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in the BBC Proms Youth Choir with the Vienna Philharmonic and Simon Rattle at the Royal Albert Hall in September. It has been asked to return to King’s College Cambridge to be part of the Kings Singers composition project, A Carol for Christmas. It is working and performing with the Opera North Youth Company and with Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia and music director Lars Vogt in Bach’s B minor Mass.

Our youth chamber orchestra, Young Sinfonia have two projects next year. The first is a residential with members of Royal Northern Sinfonia and the second a trip (to be confirmed) to South America in March 2016.

Finally, the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is our school for young people aged 8-18 years with musical potential. It meets every Sunday and children and young people from every music genre are invited to apply. Studies include first and second study instrument tuition, small and large ensembles, music language and aural, workshops and activities with visiting artists and lots of performance opportunities.

Money need not get in the way of engaging. The CAT has means-tested Department of Education Music and Dance Scheme bursaries, applied to every successful student and the auditioned ensembles have means-tested bursaries gifted to David Goldman.

The only thing you need to do it apply. So check out our webpages and get an application form.

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