See below for dates and times  

Turn Up The Quiet: Young Women's Music-Making


Meeting Point: Sage Gateshead’s Cafe on the Concourse


A series of workshops designed exclusively for those who identify as women or non-binary aged 13-18 who would like to learn new musical styles and develop ideas. Workshops are open to singers and players of all musical styles and instruments. Beginners are welcome.

Thursdays 5pm – 7pm at Sage Gateshead, free.

Turn Up the Quiet offers 10-weekly drop-in introductory sessions designed for young women aged 13 – 18 who would like to learn new musical styles and develop creative ideas.

Our first set took place between January and February 2019 and incorporated singing sessions that focused on popular and contemporary music genres – this led to the creation of a Contemporary Choir who continue to meet on a weekly basis.

Please note these workshops are for those who identify as women or non-binary only. 

For more information please contact [email protected].


When thirteen-year-old Elena McHugh joined a Turn Up the Quiet workshops she saw it as a hobby, and having completed the first few, Elena now wants to explore the career options within the music industry. Read all about her story here.

Contemporary Choir

Wednesdays 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Begins 18th September and will run for 30 weeks during term time.

Experiment with harmony singing, focusing on popular and contemporary music.

Experimental Music

Thursdays 5pm - 7pm

19 September – 5 December 2019 (10 weeks)

Get experimental with technology! Develop your music-making skills using loop pedals, turntables and apps.


Thursdays 5pm - 7pm

16 January – 26 March 2020 (10 weeks)

Explore lyrics and melody writing skills and grow in confidence as a songwriter.

Music Technology and Production

Tuesdays 5pm - 7pm

21 April – 2 June 2020 (10 weeks)

An introduction to life behind the desk and in the sound booth. Record your music and work with a sound engineer to develop your skills as a music producer.

Thursday 16 January

(10 weeks term time)

No Ticket Required

Tuesday 21 April

(10 weeks term time)

No Ticket Required