SAGE GATESHEAD’S YOUNG MUSICIANS PROGRAMME
From the beginning of 2018 until the end of 2019, we were delighted to fund Sage Gateshead’s Young Musician’s Programme. The programme enabled a diverse group of young people in Gateshead to come together and meet likeminded individuals with a passion for music-making and jazz, collaborate artistically and learn from our inspirational tutors and world-renowned visiting artists. This programme offers an exceptional opportunity to study jazz music in the North East, through their Jazz Attack (11-16), Jambone (13-19) and Centre for Advanced Training (10-17) programmes.
The project was incredibly successful with over 100 pupils getting involved and highlights including:
– Supporting Soweto Kinch at Durham Jazz Festival – Jambone were particularly excited to support the headline act at this year’s Durham Jazz Festival.
– Performing at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival, including a premiere commissioned for the group by Artist in Residence – James Brady. The group worked with James directly to create the piece.
– Improvised music workshop for all CAT participants. The workshop introduced Jazz to young musicians of all genres; many had not experienced improvisation before. The workshop allowed students to experiment with a new genre and way of thinking about music.
“We aim to bring music in all its forms to people of all ages and walks of life, regardless of background or circumstances. This funding will allow a greater variety of musicians of all ages and abilities to access jazz through our ensembles and enable them to learn and grow as individuals and musicians, as well as offering them the opportunity to progress to further levels of study.“Wendy Smith