Songwriting with Martin Longstaff and Natasha Haws. Songwriters Martin Longstaff (aka. The Lake Poets) and Natasha Haws return to Sunderland for more inspiring sessions in writing lyrics and crafting tunes. Whether you want to play your own songs or you’re just interested in writing lyrics and hearing someone singing them you’ll feel at home (and possibly deafened!) at this group. Supported with funding from Sunderland Music Education Hub, and organised by New Writers North, the Sunderland Cuckoo Songwriters Club is open to young people aged 12-19. They are FREE to attend – just come along. See www.cuckoowriters.com and http://www.cuckoowriters.com/get-involved/join-cuckoo-young-song-writers-group/ for more info.
Sunderland Youth Orchestra meets every Saturday morning at Trinity Church, Stockton Road in Sunderland. They are currently recruiting for all orchestral instruments and welcome anyone to come and try it out first. They rely on parental volunteers, so any extra support is welcome at any time. Emma Mapplebeck currently conducts the orchestra and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
CoSyJO meets on a Sunday once a month at Kepier School. They are a Youth Jazz Orchestra, exploring all the popular big band music. Rehearsals lead up to concerts and performances across the City and beyond and they have regularly taken part in festivals and competitions. Contact Andy Moon at email@example.com for more information or to find out how to get involved. Upcoming Rehearsals and Concerts: 13th November rehearsal at Kepier school 4th December rehearsal at Kepier school 16th December – Mayor’s Christmas concert at the Civic Centre from 10am 17th December – Christmas Cracker concert at Arts Centre Washington. http://www.artscentrewashington.co.uk/production-details.aspx?id=724 to book tickets.
Houghton Area Youth Band HAYB meets every Saturday morning at Hetton Lyons primary School. There is a beginners and advanced ensemble, and they regularly take part in National competitions. Following performances at Birminghams Music for Youth Festival in July 2016, they are waiting to hear if they have been shortlisted to take part in National performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London. More details will be uploaded onto the website. To find out more and register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on facebook under HAYB (Houghton Area Youth Band).
There are a wealth of music activities taking place across Sunderland and Washington – all of which we aim to list here. Please do email us with your events or groups if they are not listed below: The Bunker – based at Stockton Road, Sunderland. Singing Club every Saturday from 10 – 11am, for ages 8 – 18. £5 a class and all welcome. No Auditions Guitar and Drum Workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 6pm. www.bunkeruk.com for more info or email email@example.com or ring 0191 5671777 Ambassador Theatre Group Creative Learning – Sunderland