- Age 13-19
- Annual Fee: £850
- Bursaries are available
- Recommended for intermediate to advanced players
- Audition required
Folkestra is a vibrant group of young folk musicians, playing original music and new arrangements with Director Ian Stephenson, a highly regarded musician, composer and performer. They have performed at the Scots Fiddle Festival and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Takeover in London, and on our main staged at Sage Gateshead, recently supporting Baltic Crossing and the Andy May Trio.
Folkestra rehearse approximately once every two weeks on Sunday afternoons during term time at Sage Gateshead and the band enjoys performing in various concerts and festivals throughout the year with a residential weekend at the beginning of the year, and a further residential in either October or February half term which helps to bond the group musically and socially.
Younger and less advanced students may be interested in our non auditioned folk ensemble, Folkworks Saturdays.
Application and Auditions
This year, due to the necessary closure of Sage Gateshead, our audition process will be managed remotely and auditions will be digital. If you have applied to a programme that requires an audition you will receive information and guidance from the YMP team by the end of April.
Candidates will be asked to:
- prepare two contrasting pieces to perform
- prepare a short extract on any second instrument / voice if applicable
You can see a video on our standard audition process on our Ask Us Anything page.
We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in joining part of our Young Musicians Programme. You can email [email protected] or call 0191 443 5252.
Autumn, Spring & Summer 19/20 schedule
The schedules for 20/21 will appear online during April.
Our Young Musicians Programme is open to all children and young people, whatever their circumstances. We are keen to encourage applicants from the widest possible range of backgrounds and access a bursary where needed.