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Young Musicians Programme

Our Young Musicians Programme is open for all children and young people aged 4 to 19 who are interested in music and want to learn.

Applications for the 22/23 School Year are now CLOSED for most programmes.

Space may still be available on our Training and Youth ensembles, please use the application form then contact us at [email protected] if you are interested.
There are so many benefits in joining Sage Gateshead’s Young Musicians Programme (YMP). Learning music improves skills, confidence and self-esteem, and YMP students have gone on to a wide range of careers, apprenticeships, higher education and to the UK’s top music conservatoires.

Watch our 22/23 Online Open Day here.


The Young Musicians Programme is for Everyone
We’re keen to encourage applicants from the widest range of backgrounds, making sure that everybody has the chance to study with us. We support access to music study and have specialist skills in working with children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances. Financial support is available through grants and bursaries.

  • Lots of students don’t have to pay any fees at all.
  • In 2021-2022 YMP families received over £230,000 of bursaries.
  • 75% of Centre for Advanced Training students received a bursary.
  • Find out how we support children and young people to study music through our bursary programme or contact [email protected]

Support Young Musicians

Here at Sage Gateshead, we work hard to ensure that music making opportunities are available to everyone; whatever their background or personal circumstances.

If you love music as much as we do, and want to help us to make sure more children and young people can access our high quality training, make a donation. Every penny you give helps, and goes towards supporting our huge range of music making opportunities.

Thanks in advance for your support



Applications for the 22/23 school year are now CLOSED for most programmes.

We are, however, still able to take late applications for our Training and Youth Ensembles – please complete the application form and then contact us on [email protected] if you are interested.

If you have missed the deadline for CAT, Foundation and Step Up Programmes but have a very strong interest, you can email us on [email protected] for further information on waiting lists.

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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 to access a bursary where needed.

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Everything you need to know about the Young Musicians Programme at Sage Gateshead.

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Foundation & Step Up Programmes

Age 4 – 14 , no audition required

Our Foundation and Step Up programmes provide an exciting way to learn and develop for the complete beginner through lessons, ensembles and musicianship.

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Centre for Advanced Training

Age 10 – 18, audition required

The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is an intensive music programme for young people with a passion for music and the exceptional potential to take it further.

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Youth Ensembles

Aged 13-19. Audition required, recommended for intermediate to advanced players and singers.

Our Youth Ensembles, Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices and Young Sinfonia, are filled with vibrant young people committed to honing their playing and singing skills.

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Training Ensembles

Age 10 – 16, no audition is required.

Jazz Attack, Reely Folk, Step Up Sinfonia and Wind Band are a great way to play as part of an ensemble in a regular weekly class. In the training ensembles young people explore their musical interests in a relaxed and fun environment.

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Meet our YMP Music Leaders