The Garage is holding auditions on Wednesday 15 February from 4pm for singers and musicians, aged 13 – 18, to join our Musicians Development Programme (Improver Group).

We are looking for young people who can play an instrument and/or sing. The programme is suitable for those who would like to improve their performances skills and who have aspirations to perform at gigs. Individuals need to be prepared to learn as part of a band and as solo artists.

Those accepted on to the programme will meet at The Garage each Monday from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Singers will work with professional vocalist Claire Kidman on vocal technique, range and develop the voice through a variety of songs and styles. Musicians will work under the guidance of professional musician/songwriter Pete Murdoch, learning how to play and improvise with others, develop individual style, write and perform songs. Singers and musicians will come together each week to develop work for small-scale performances throughout the year to build confidence and professional skills.

Carrie Mansfield, Creative Director, said “We have had much success with our Musicians Development Programme Intermediate level over the last 3 years and have introduced a new Improver level to give more aspiring young musicians the opportunity to develop. With art subjects being squeezed out of school curriculums, it is vital that we continue to create opportunities for young people to engage in music and performance. The programme gives participants the chance to learn from experienced, working musicians whilst preparing music for performance to help build professional skills – it’s a formula that works really well.”

For those accepted, termly fees apply (£82.50 10 week term/£99 12 week term). The Garage have a limited number of bursary places that can be applied for if needed so that participation is not restricted by affordability.

If you would like to audition for the programme, please call 01603 283382 to book a slot. For the audition you will need to prepare 2 pieces that demonstrate your singing/music skills. Auditions will last approximately 20 minutes; giving you a chance to ask questions about the programme and discuss its suitability with the tutors.

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