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Young Musicians Set To Wow At Winter Festival

Posted on 2 December 2016

A weekend of free music shows by talented, young musicians who learn and play at Sage Gateshead takes place this month.

The Young Musicians Programme Winter Festival will showcase singing groups such as Quay Voices, folk group Folkestra, jazz band Jambone and youth orchestra Young Sinfonia.

All of the concerts, which take place at Sage Gateshead on Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11, are free. Audience members just need to pick up tickets from Sage Gateshead’s ticket office in advance or on the day.

Ed Milner, Head of Music Learning at Sage Gateshead, said: “What a fantastic way to spend a weekend, listening to our remarkable young musicians perform in Sage Gateshead’s world-class concert halls.

“The standard is really incredible and we can’t wait to put on two days of music (some of it festive) for anyone who wants to come along or who is interested in joining our Young Musicians Programme.”

As well as performances by youth ensembles, the Winter Festival will also feature musicians who study at Sage Gateshead’s Foundation and Step Up’ programme, which is a Saturday music school for children aged four and upwards. Students aged from nine to 19 who attend the ‘Centre for Advanced Training’ on a Sunday will also take to the stage.

Music performed over the weekend will include Christmas tunes as well as a variety of classical and popular. Jambone will also perform new works written especially for the band by its music director Paul Edis.

Sage Gateshead’s Young Musicians Programme is made up of a range of opportunities for young singers and instrumentalists, from bands and ensembles to formal tuition and training. There are bursaries available for all youth ensembles and those attending the Centre for Advanced Training.

Callum Ward, a tenor with Quay Voices, said: “The Young Musicians Programme gives anyone who loves music opportunities of a lifetime, which are full of emotion, excitement and enjoyment that you will never forget.

“It has been a huge part of my life both musically and socially and has allowed me to do what I love more than anything.”

The concerts run throughout the day from 10.30am on Saturday (10DEC) and 11am on Sunday (11DEC).

Tickets available from here.

Saturday 10 December, 2016
10.30am: Foundation Strings (Northern Rock Foundation Hall)
12.45pm: Step Up Programme (Northern Rock Foundation Hall)
for the Foundation and Step Up concert tickets are limited to 2 per family
3pm: Centre for Advanced Training, Folkworks Saturdays, Jazz Attack (Sage Two)
6pm: Young Sinfonia (Sage One)
7.15pm: Jambone / Centre for Advanced Training (Sage Two)

Sunday 11 December, 2016
11am: Centre for Advanced Training (Sage Two)
1.45pm: Centre for Advanced Training (Sage Two)
4.30pm: Centre for Advanced Training (Sage Two)
7.30pm: Quay Voices / Folkestra (Sage Two)

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