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Centre for Advanced Training

Our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) spans classical, folk, popular and contemporary styles, and delivers musical excellence for ambitious young musicians aged 8-18.

Learning at the CAT

Sage Gateshead’s CAT is a high-level music training programme for young people with exceptional potential and passion for music. Learn more about our programme.

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Information for Students

If you’re a CAT student, here’s some useful information about the programme and your studies.

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Wind and Brass Programme

Study Leader: Marion Craig

The CAT offers tuition in all woodwind and brass instruments from a team of tutors which includes members of Royal Northern Sinfonia.

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Keyboard Programme

Study Leader: James Craig

Tuition in keyboard instruments from a team of extremely experienced teachers, in a range of musical styles.

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Composition and Music Language

Working with our experienced tutors, participants will create a portfolio of work across a range of genres and for a variety of instruments, with performance and workshop opportunities available.

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Percussion Programme

Study Leader: Roger Hempsall

The Percussion Programme offers tuition on timpani, tuned percussion, world music percussion and drum kit in a wide variety of styles

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Popular & Contemporary Programme

Study Leader: James Birkett

The Popular & Contemporary Programme is designed for young musicians who want to explore and develop their interest in a wide range of performance styles including jazz, rock, funk, blues and fusion music.

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String Programme

Study Leader: James Craig

The CAT offers tuition in all string instruments from a team of tutors that includes members of Royal Northern Sinfonia.

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Vocal Programme

Study Leader: Mary Hitch

The CAT offers tuition in a range of vocal styles, led by an experienced team of tutors.

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