A Music Festival For The Tees Valley

The first Shine! Festival took place in March 2017! It culminated in a fantastic concert on 25th March 2017, and you can see some pictures of prize winners on the 'gallery' page.  We are running the festival again in 2018 and the dates will be as follows:

Saturday 21st April & Sunday 22nd April
Piano and instrumental

Friday 27th April
School choirs and ensembles

Saturday 28th April
Vocal classes including community choirs

Sunday 29th April
Prizewinners concert

​About Shine:

Shine is a mixture of the traditional and contemporary with both competitive and non-competitive classes.
This festival is not so much a new idea, but a fresh look on a tradition that continues to thrive in other areas across the country and even internationally. 

We have added new elements into this festival (e.g. masterclasses and a chamber music evening) to ensure that it appeals to a wider cross section of musicians. We have widened the entry criteria to allow for more flexibility e.g. there are no set pieces and we have designed the classes according to Grade level rather than age.
We would also like to encourage community groups and choirs to participate in this festival!

The Tees Valley has seen a strong tradition of competitive music festivals over the past 60 years, notably Stockton Music and Drama festival and Middlesbrough Music Festival, both of which have disbanded in the past 5 years. With financial support from a variety of individuals and organisations it has been possible to re-invent this new festival which will serve musicians across the whole Tees Valley. 

The festival is open to musicians of all ages, abilities and backgrounds and it would like to promote an ethos of equality and diversity. Whether you are a musician, teacher in a school, private instrumental teacher, choir leader or music practitioner you can enter your groups. 

Although each category has an 'adjudicator', we strongly feel that the emphasis is on the experience of performing. The adjudicators have been carefully selected based on their interest in promoting enthusiasm, engagement and presentation in general music making as well as high quality performances. 

Prizes for the festival will include trophies, which are retained by the winner for 1 year, as well as overall cash prizes for musician of the festival and singer of the festival, as explained in the syllabus.