Music & Arts in County Durham

Each week we will bring you details and information from the creative arts across Co Durham


Jack Drum Arts are embarking on a new year long project called ‘Creating Culture’ which will work with young people to support them to engage in social action using the arts to design small projects to make a difference in their local community. The project is partly inspired by our success supporting young people to undertake social action through The Key, and other young people’s requests to be able to do more positive things for the communities they live in.

The project is just in its first stages but we have recently formed a youth steering group with a small team of young people who have been involved in a number of our projects and have a good understanding of the project and its aims. We are therefore now ready to visit local groups of young people at schools, colleges, youth clubs etc to promote and recruit for the programme.

The age range we are able to work with is 10-20 years although we are hoping to target those in the upper age group. In the first instance we are offering a one off taster workshop led by young leaders from our Youth Steering Group with support from a member of our team.

As part of the programme in February half term we will be running a residential for upto 35 young people focussing on the delivery of Active Citizens, a British Council social action programme which is a brilliant toolkit for young people. The residential is building on the great work that happened earlier this year when we ran a large-scale residential for 60 young people from both the UK and Lithuania. There will be a small registration fee for the residential however the rest of our offer is FREE and there will be bursary places for those who come from families unable to afford a fee to secure their place.

If you are interested in a small team coming to your venue/group or know of a group of young people that might benefit from getting involved in this project via a FREE TASTER SESSION please do get in touch. Please note we have limited availability between now and Christmas so I would encourage you to book something in ASAP. We can also run a session in January if that is preferable. Sessions can be daytime or evening and we can keep it short (1 hour) or run something for longer (2 hours).

Best Wishes

Helen Ward
Managing Director
Jack Drum Arts CIC
Tel: 44 (0) 1388 765002
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The Greatest Showman

Brandon Carrside Youth Project are holding Christmas Extravaganza’s at four venues over the first week in December. The Greatest Showman, A holiday spectacular for the whole family….

1st December 3.30-5.30pm at Usher moor Catholic Club
1st December 5.30-7.30pm at New Brancepeth Village Hall
8th December 3-5pm at Esh Winning, Lady Queen of Martyrs
8th December 5-7pm at Brandon Carrside Youth Club

Tickets are £1.50 and can be bought at any of the youth clubs or Contact 0191 3784975

Chester-le-Street Theatre Group proudly presents ‘Robin Hood (The Geordie Pantomime Adventure)’

In this brand new adaptation of the classic Robin Hood story there’s a true local twist. Featured are all of the essential characters for a true and faithful telling of the story – but there’s also a few surprises in there too!!!! Within this action-packed story are frequent swords, swashbuckling and a catalogue of festive fun and jokes! You won’t want to miss it!

TIERED SEATING AVAILABLE From Tuesday 27th November – Saturday 1st December at Chester-le-Street Community Centre Performances nightly at 7.15 pm with a 2.15 pm Saturday Matinee £10 Adults and £8 Concessions

Tickets available by calling our Box Office on 0191 3883778



Music sessions for people with Learning disabilities, Autism and PMLD at the Pool of Sound

Do you currently support someone with a learning disability, Autism or PMLD who enjoys music, singing, performing, playing instruments?

The Pool of Sound is a specialist music project based in Byker Community Centre which provides music activities for a wide spectrum of people with learning disabilities. We currently have some space free across our various one to one studio/group/Drop in Band music sessions.

Contact us on 0191 265 9341 for a FREE taster session

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New Art Group at delves Lane

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Music in schools 

We aim to inspire young people in our communities to enjoy music throughout their lives. We provide a wide range of high quality musical educational opportunities aiming for the highest standards.

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What is Music Durham? 

Music Durham steers all musical activity at Durham University. This includes ensembles, concerts, masterclasses and socials. Who can join Music Durham? Anyone! There are different options for students and non-students.

Why should you join Music Durham? Becoming a member of Music Durham gives you the chance to play in all of our ensembles, as well as exciting solo and chamber performance opportunities. You get access to the fantastic weekly emails about musical opportunities and a great social community.

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